A Reflection on the Events in Paris

A Reflection on the Events in ParisIt’s only been a few days since the lights of Paris went dim. Unfortunately, whether days, weeks or years pass – and no matter what we continue to say, learn or do about the facts and figures involved – the deed is done.

Were it not so. We wish we could instead be boring you with our usual warnings about the usual drumbeat of global news that never ends, and how important it is to stay the course, at least with respect to your investment activities.

Oddly enough, it appears that we investors have come together to cut ourselves a communal break this week, as we reel in reaction to the unfathomable events. While it would not have been a big surprise if global markets had plummeted on Monday in reaction to the news, neither should it be considered particularly significant that they mostly held tight, at least in relative relation to what might have been.

It’s too soon to tell how the attacks on Paris the evening of November 13th will change our lives, but they will. They have undoubtedly left an indelible mark on every one of us. If there is a mercy to be taken from the events, it is that we are reminded of our humanity – both the horrible and the sublime of it.

We also are reminded of the reason we have come together in our relationship with you and yours. We aim to do all that we can – even if it may never be everything – to nurture what is good and true in our lives.

As we enter the holiday season, we hope you and your family are able to spend ample time together, celebrating what you can, comforting one another as you are able, warmed by lights shining bright. Today and tomorrow, this year and next, we also hope you will reach out to us whenever we can help you achieve these goals. Come what may, it’s why we’re here.



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