Don't forget this Saturday is St. Patrick's Day. A 5th- century religious missionary, St. Patrick is credited with converting Ireland to Christianity, driving all the snakes from the Emerald Isle, and crafting the very first Shamrock Shake. Now these would be notable notches on anyone's CV, but surely there are other ancient Irish saints with similar accomplishments.
Having recently acquired several classical music LPs for a shockingly low price, this author set about delving deeper into the genre's canon of virtuoso performances. That enterprise was abruptly halted when yours truly came across the collected works of the Portsmouth Sinfonia.
In important sporting news, the ninth annual Nascondino World Championships of Hide and Seek were held recently in Consonno, Italy. Started by a small group of friends in 2009, the weekend-long contest has become the preeminent event to feature adults playing children's games, even surpassing the Hopscotch Invitational and the World Cup of Duck,Duck,Goose in media attention and prestige.
Client feedback to this part of the newsletter has varied from "I laughed so hard my belly hurt" to "That wasn't funny at all, in fact, it was quite disturbing" - with a little bit more of the latter than the former. However, while volatility may be once again agitating the wider financial markets, we are determined to make On a Lighter Note a sanctuary of stability.
We believe that fears of a full automation takeover of human productivity in the next 15 years are largely overblown. However, after reading last week in The Daily Mail that Nissan is building “self-parking” slippers, we fear for the future of man's best friend.
Happy Birthday to SPY – the SPDR S&P 500 exchange-traded fund. This was the very first ETF, and it is still the largest. It turns 25 years old today (January 22nd), and can now officially rent a car. We cannot be thankful enough for this innovation.