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Reality Check: The Enemy Is Among Us

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In response to my opening column, I received a series of very troubling tweets.

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It's a somber day on Wall Street as we remember the souls lost twelve years ago today.

Alas, my moment of silence was interrupted this morning by a sad reminder that our socioeconomic fabric remains fragile at best. In response to my opening column, I received a series of tweets with the following messages:

"We will not stop hitting America unless America stops hurting and hit (sic) the Muslims everywhere #September11"

"FBI our toy .. we are not afraid of them, Tell them that al-Qaeda will not make you live in security (sic)"

"You will see things more and more the magnitude of 9/11"

Today is a tough day for a lot of people, myself included. I've measured my years September over September since 2001, one step at a time, as I endured and emerged from PTSD, a prolonged depression, and a profound sense of guilt, wondering how I could feel so bad given that others had lost so much more.

I don't profess to fully understand the impact that fateful day has had on me; recently, I openly wondered if my market perspective was, or perhaps continues to be, skewed by what I saw and felt. It's difficult to know, given the heavy hand of the Federal Reserve agenda, but I'm an open book in terms of my process and quite aware of the 12 Cognitive Biases That Endanger Investors.

This morning, however, was a detour in the healing process -- a stark reminder that all is not well in our world, and there are people intent on repeating the heinous crimes against humanity that we're remembering today. Social mood and risk appetites shape financial markets, we know, or at least they've historically shaped free market capitalism.

In terms of the threats above, I spoke to the FBI and forwarded them the content before blocking the user from my account. In today's digital age, I'm hopeful that there is a footprint that will lead authorities to his or her front door, at which point we'll see just how scared they actually are. It may be a hoax or a prank, but given my history, I am compelled to err on the side of caution.

May peace be with you.

R.P.

Twitter: @todd_harrison

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