Bitter-Sweet December

Good morning,

I hope everyone had a safe and happy Thanksgiving weekend.  Markets continue to pick up steam as we look to close out this terribly tough and exhausting year in 2020.  The Biden transition is moving along and so far none of the moves are causing too many alarms.  In addition, vaccines and more vaccines are coming out as distribution chains assemble.  Most experts are moving predictions from June to April as the month we will really start to breath relief.  OPEC+ has decided to increase production a bit starting in January, but the move seems somewhat acceptable as the world anticipates reopening.  All of the positive market and COVID news is placing a visible finish line out there for everyone to see.  And the anticipation is leading to excitement.  However, all the news is coming at a cost.  More than 100k Americans are hospitalized across the country for COVID.  That is the most hospitalizations for any disease since the the Spanish Flu.  And many more Americans are going to die.  So as we see the end to the pandemic coming closer and closer, please remember that there is a major human cost still on the horizon and most of that cost will land during the holidays.  I believe the next two months will be extremely difficult and bitter-sweet as we start to plan our lives post COVID while watching thousands of more Americans die.

Please be safe and smart out there.  We have already suffered through almost an entire year of this pandemic and thousands of American families are forever changed.  The finish line is on the horizon and I hope we can come together and finish as safe and strong as possible ready to move forward in 2021.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us.

Best regards,

Jon Crawford

 

Happy Thanksgiving

Good morning,

I just wanted to take a moment and wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving.  I know the holidays are going to be very different and difficult for many people.  I am optimistic that better times are coming sooner than later.  We have already experienced so much hardship and change this past year.  I am looking forward to pausing and reflecting back on this year over the next month while preparing for a brighter future in 2021.

I wanted to thank all of you, our customers, for your business this past year.  I never could have imagined 2020 turning out the way it unfolded.  I appreciate all your patience, understanding, and kind words as we navigated and continue to manage the current crisis in our communities and state.

I also wanted to say a big thank you to all our front line workers in health care and essential industries like grocery stores and others.  The bravery and self-sacrifice I have witnessed is truly inspiring and honorable.  Talking with many in the health care and front-line industries gives me hope that as Americans we will come through the other side of this pandemic stronger and hopefully with more compassion towards each other.

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to give us a call.

Best regards,

Jon Crawford