10 Things I'm Thankful for in 2021

Lou Basenese

Thursday, November 25, 2021

With Thanksgiving upon us, I’m forgoing our regular content and financial analysis to count my blessings, Trend Trader Daily style.

As you’ll see, many of these blessings are still financial-related. (Sorry, I can’t help it!)

Afterwards, I share not one, but two actions you can take today.

Neither involve you buying a single thing. But both definitely involve you receiving something valuable in return.

So without further ado…

  • I’m thankful for my losing recommendations, as they keep me humble and working harder to perfect my craft. Remember, unlike almost all other researchers, I own what I write about. So I suffer the emotional lows of losses right alongside you.
  • I’m thankful for all my winning recommendations. I imagine you are, too. (No explanation necessary.)
  • I’m thankful that I work with a growing team that values integrity and hard work, and is committed to delivering quality research, no matter how much time and effort it entails. (Yes, I’m talking about you — Lauren, Sharika, Wayne, Matt, Bob, Joe, Brian, Rob, George, Mike, Pablo, Ryan, Thiago, Dodd, Andy, and Andrew. I appreciate you all more than you’ll ever know.)
  • I’m thankful to be alive through sickness and health. Or as my 72-year-old father likes to remind me, every day above ground is a good one. Indeed, pops!
  • I’m thankful for the 1980s. It was the only era where we could dress up like clowns, or in fluorescent colored clothing, and be considered fashionable. Also: the music of that era is unbeatable. Early 1990’s hip-hop and rap comes close. Disagree if you must, but there’s no changing my mind.
  • I’m thankful to live in the United States where I can practice any religion, speak my mind freely, and should I feel so inclined, own a gun.
  • I’m thankful for the toxic relationships of my past because they taught me endurance and ultimately helped me find new, healthy relationships (both business and personal) that continue to enrich my life. Thank you to all those in my life today who continue to make it worth living. You know who you are!
  • I’m thankful I escaped growing up in New Jersey without having a heavy accent. Otherwise, my professional career might have been severely stunted. No offense to youse other guys that weren’t as lucky.
  • Speaking of New Jersey, I’m thankful for Joey’s House of Pizza in my current hometown of Nashville. There’s nothing like authentic northeast pizza to stir up the nostalgia of growing up in the greatest part of the country.
  • I’m thankful that the investment markets are dynamic. It keeps my job exciting and unpredictable, and ensures that no one can maintain an unfair advantage for long.
  • I’m thankful for my family and their forgiveness. Without it, among other things, I’d never have been able to spend an unforgettable weekend with my estranged brother mere months before his untimely passing.
  • I’m thankful for the social media trolls and hateful email messages I receive. There’s nothing better to thicken your skin and keep you working hard to improve, even if their criticism is completely unmerited.
  • I'm thankful for my many investing mentors — Warren Buffett, Peter Lynch, Sir John Templeton, Humphrey B. Neill, David Dreman, James Bagwell, and Alexander Green, among others.
  • I’m thankful for the gift of parenthood. Nothing else has challenged me more in life. But as a single dad, nothing matters more than the legacy I build through raising my three kids. So sign me up for a long, memorable and rewarding journey with this crew!


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Gratitude in Abundance

Last, but certainly not least, I’m thankful for my loyal Trend Trader Daily readers. Without you, I’d be muzzled and working for a bulge-bracket Wall Street firm again, which would be like hell on earth.

In case you’re counting, I didn’t stop at 10 things. That’s because, even in these strange Covid-19 times, there’s more to be thankful for than to bemoan.

Or as Henry David Thoreau wrote, “I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.”

If you’re feeling thankful, too, here are two ways you could consider giving back:

First, take a moment to count your own blessings. I’m confident a mere 60 seconds of reflection will overwhelm you with gratitude.

Second, if I’ve ever done something to help make you money, make you laugh, or improve your financial wisdom, I’d ask that you consider joining me in donating to a very worthy cause: The Roberto Clemente Santa Ana Health Clinic.

Located in Nicaragua, the second-poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, the clinic provides free and low-cost medical care to over 30,000 patients in the isolated villages of Limon, Rancho Santana, and 27 surrounding communities.

Think prenatal care, basic prescriptions, treatment for asthma attacks and allergic reactions, and general checkups. Things we take for granted because walk-in clinics and hospitals abound in the United States.

Without the vision and passion of my friend and former boss, Julia Guth, the clinic would never have been built. Nor would it have been able to save my friend’s life from a tragic bodysurfing accident nearly a decade ago.

Here's the thing — as a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the clinic depends solely on private donations to continue operating. And giving, particularly in developing countries, is down significantly.

I recognize that times remain tough, and that countless other causes deserve your attention and consideration. That’s why I’ve put together a special opportunity for you today…

Give and You Shall Receive

As a decade-long supporter of the clinic, I can personally attest that even small contributions make an immediate difference.

In fact, earlier this year, thanks to the generosity of many other fellow investors, we were able to raise enough money to purchase the clinic a second ambulance, thereby immediately doubling its ability to serve the surrounding communities.

Plus, as Anne Frank noted, “No one has ever become poor by giving.” Whether it’s $1 or $1,000.

With that in mind, I’ll be making another donation to the clinic today. And I hope you’ll join me. Especially because if you make a donation of $99 (or more), I’m going to give you a six-month subscription to Trend Trader Pro absolutely FREE.

That’s right. In return for you donating to a worthwhile cause, I’m going to give you access to our premium research service — where I provide up to three new trades every week — for no cost at all.

And remember, as a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, you’ll also receive the tax benefit of your contribution, too.

Simply make your donation and then email us a copy of your receipt to support@trendtraderdaily.com. So don’t delay if you’re interested.

To donate, click here.

And if you cannot or choose not to donate, no worries.

I’m thankful for your consideration, and for the continued confidence you place in me as a reader of Trend Trader Daily.

I wish you and your family a very healthy, safe, and happy Thanksgiving… whether you’re celebrating with them in person, or from afar.

Ahead of the tape,
Lou Basenese
Lou Basenese

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