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Imagine...a Better Future

December 19, 2012

I first read about Peter Diamandis in a Wired magazine article. I was intrigued because it focused on the light amid the darkness of the financial crisis and its attendant doom and gloom. I'm fond of saying I'm always more intrigued by the story no one is telling—and this was one of those stories.
-Liz Ann Sonders, senior vice president and chief investment strategist, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.

Key Points

  • After a weekend of great sadness, a little perspective … and optimism … is warranted.
  • To find reasons for great hope for the future, look no further than Peter Diamandis and Jack Uldrich.
  • We all need to learn … and unlearn … to adapt to the future.

I'm sure all of you who have children, like me, were hugging them just a little tighter this past weekend. I live in Fairfield County, CT … in the same county, and not too far from Newtown. The grief our broader community is feeling is immeasurable and my thoughts and prayers are with all of the families impacted by such a senseless tragedy.


Perspective


It's often the case that when I'm writing one of these reports it feels like the topic is the most important in the world. The events of Friday in Newtown sure put that into perspective. The fiscal cliff has felt like one of those crucially important topics, about which we've been opining for weeks on end. In light of the fact that there's still no deal to speak (or write) of, I'm holding off on what would have been this week's topic—my 2013 outlook. The fiscal cliff has the potential to be too big a needle-mover to assess the coming year without those details.


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