The Independent Market Observer

5/1/14 – Gratitudes for the Day

Posted by Brad McMillan, CFA, CAIA, MAI

Find me on:

This entry was posted on May 1, 2014 1:00:00 PM

and tagged Commentary

Leave a comment

Thinking about my recent post on how normal everything has become, I realize that I should be more grateful for just that. Sitting here on my balcony in Kauai at the Commonwealth President’s Club conference, I certainly have other things to be grateful for as well.

Some time ago, I wrote about the practice of daily gratitudes, and how they can lead to greater contentment and happiness. As part of my job, I tend to focus on what might go wrong, on the downside, on things to worry about. It’s worth taking time every day to instead look around and consider how many things are going right.

Here are some of my gratitudes today:

My family. First and foremost,I’m grateful for my wife, a wonderful spouse and mother; my son, who is (almost always) a joy; my parents and in-laws, who are healthy and happy; and my sister and her family. When it comes to family, I couldn’t be any luckier.

My friends. Family isn’t restricted to blood kin, of course. People whose lives you share, whose joys and sorrows move you, are also a part of your heart. I’m incredibly lucky to have an amazing group of friends.

My colleagues and company. One of the great pleasures of my work is associating with a group of exceptional people, many of whom I’d also include in the previous category. Commonwealth has outstandingly smart people at all levels, both staff and advisors, and I’m privileged to learn from them every day. Not many people can say they work with the absolute best, but I can.

My career. Someone once said that if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life, and I’m living proof of that. Reading, thinking, solving problems, helping our advisors help their clients—this is what I do.

My country. Certainly the U.S. has its problems, but for all its faults, it remains the best place in the world in almost all respects. That doesn’t excuse us from making it even better, but I can think of nowhere else I’d rather be.

As usual, I could keep going, but you get the idea. I hope that everyone reading this feels just as blessed as I do, although perhaps in different ways.

Subscribe via Email

New call-to-action
Crash-Test Investing

Hot Topics

New Call-to-action



see all



The information on this website is intended for informational/educational purposes only and should not be construed as investment advice, a solicitation, or a recommendation to buy or sell any security or investment product. Please contact your financial professional for more information specific to your situation.

Certain sections of this commentary contain forward-looking statements that are based on our reasonable expectations, estimates, projections, and assumptions. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks and uncertainties, which are difficult to predict. Past performance is not indicative of future results. Diversification does not assure a profit or protect against loss in declining markets.

The S&P 500 Index is a broad-based measurement of changes in stock market conditions based on the average performance of 500 widely held common stocks. All indices are unmanaged and investors cannot invest directly in an index.

The MSCI EAFE (Europe, Australia, Far East) Index is a free float‐adjusted market capitalization index that is designed to measure the equity market performance of developed markets, excluding the U.S. and Canada. The MSCI EAFE Index consists of 21 developed market country indices.

One basis point (bp) is equal to 1/100th of 1 percent, or 0.01 percent.

Third-party links are provided to you as a courtesy. We make no representation as to the completeness or accuracy of information provided on these websites. Information on such sites, including third-party links contained within, should not be construed as an endorsement or adoption by Commonwealth of any kind. You should consult with a financial advisor regarding your specific situation.


Please review our Terms of Use

Commonwealth Financial Network®