The Ides of March…

What the heck is an Ide, anyway?

Well, if you watched or read Shakespeare’s play, “Julius Caesar,” you might remember a soothsayer warning Caesar to “Beware the ides of March.” But Shakespeare didn’t invent the term.

The word “ides” refers to a particular lunar phase. In this case, a full moon. And the ides of March to March 15 initially kicked off the first full moon of a new year.

And in Rome, a festival was held where everyone would party like it was 39 B.C. and had the usual appetizers, wine, and music as they offered sacrifices to a Roman deity for a happy and prosperous new year.

Full moons often have been associated with crazy behavior. At any rate, March 15, 44 B.C. wasn’t a good day for ol’ Julius. His senators stabbed him to death. Julius Caesar’s controlling behavior had consequences. Thus the “dictator for life” had a shortened reign, indeed.

Speaking of a shortened reign…

The bull market might be winding down, and the bear may come out of hibernation soon. To help you stay grounded during the inevitable ups and downs of the market, now is the time to create a decision list that you’ll follow no matter what happens with the market.

At Matson & Cuprill, we’d love to create the right strategy for your investments. We keep a very close eye on the market and can help guide you to the best choices for your needs. When it comes to either riding a bull or taming a bear, we’re here for you. Why not call us at 513-563-PLAN (7526) or book online to get the ball rolling? We’ll steer you right.

And what is wealth? Tomorrow I’ll answer that question…

Dan Cuprill, CFP®