Christmas Poem by Art Cashin: Don’t Be a Grinch!
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Christmas Poem by Art Cashin: Don’t Be a Grinch!

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Legendary New York Stock Exchange floor trader and director of floor operations for UBS Art Cashin has sent out his annual Wall Street Christmas poem.

This year he wove in some of the financial and political highlights of 2014: Wall Street waiting for the Fed rate hikes, Putin's annexation of Crimea, and the oil plunge...

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But he also threw in a few pop culture references, too — the Ellen selfie at the Oscars and (of course) Kim Kardashian.

In any case, it's certainly worth the read this Christmas Eve Eve.

So check it out below.

'Tis two days before Christmas

and at each brokerage house

The only thing stirring

was the click of a mouse

Down on the Exchange

the tape inches along

Brokers bargained and traded

as they hummed an old song


The Fed says they're "patient"

but some folks still fear

That rates they'll start hiking

too early next year


Frisco took the series

and Seattle the Bowl

But Tiger still struggles

to get the ball in the hole


Ellen D. took a group selfie

at the Oscar awards

The darn thing got retweeted

till it pulled down some boards


Putin scooped up Crimea

and some parts of Ukraine

But an oil plunge and sanctions

are causing him pain


In Europe a song contest

was won by a nun

And the song that she sang was -

Girls just want to have fun


In Portland a kid offered

a hug to anyone near

A cop took advantage

for the pic of the year


But with Cosby and Kim K.

there was little to cheer

Yet it's Christmastime, Alice

And Santa is near


So stop looking backwards

have a cup of good cheer

And kiss you a loved one

raise your hopes for next year


And amidst all the trading

Christmas themes we will heed

And share our good fortune

with families in need


And tomorrow they’ll pause

as we wait on the bell

To sing a tradition

a song for old “Nell”


Don’t let this year’s problems

impede Christmas Cheer

Resolve to be happy

throughout the New Year


And resist ye Grinch feelings

let joy never stop

Put the bad at the bottom

keep the good on the top


So count up your blessings

along with your worth

You’re still living here

in the best place on earth


And think ye of wonders

that light children's eyes

And hope Santa will bring you

that Christmas surprise


So play ye a carol

by Mario Lanza

Unless you are waiting

to celebrate Kwanzaa


Hanukkah’s ending

And Ramadan’s long gone

Different folks, different holidays

yet each spirit lives on


Whatever your feast is

we hope you all still

Find yourself just surrounded

by folks of goodwill


Wednesday, as the bell rings

hark to your heart’s call

And as Santa would shout

Merry Christmas to All!

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