This is the inaugural episode of our “Certified Financial Poetry” series.

Click on the image above to watch the video of Steve’s first reading.

Poetry and Emotion

by Steve Wolff

What a difference a week can make,
With the market’s give and the market’s take,
Last week investors were all in a tizzy,
Market volatility made them Maalox dizzy.
Down 3, down 6, down 10 percent, wow!
Is this the big break of the index called Dow?

A feeling crept in, it felt somewhat manic,
As we sat on the edge of a slight bit of panic,
Should I buy?, should I sell? What should I do?
It seems all my stocks have contracted the flu.

But here we are now, just 7 days hence,
We’ve made back some dollars and most of our cents,
Emotions can take us in all sorts of directions,
Especially when it comes to unfriendly corrections.

I’m reminded of wisdom by Alfred E. Newman,
From Mad Magazine, he shines a bright lumen,
When adrenaline pumps through your body so strong
The decisions you make will most likely be wrong,
So always stay calm and don’t be in a hurry,
And as Alfred once stated, “What, me worry?”

Steve Wolff is a Financial Advisor and Managing Partner at WWM Financial in Carlsbad California.

He can be reached at 760-692-5190