The New York Stock Exchange traded slowly this morning and rightly so. It is the 18th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. I decided to trade lightly in anticipation for this and my hunch proved correct – at least for the cash open.

I wish I would have traded a little heavier when it came to the Cocoa contracts but there was enough ticks where I could consider today a productive day so that was nice.

I can imagine this time of year being rough on certain traders. I was still not out of college when 9/11 happened but I was close enough to it to understand the weight of what was happening. It’s crazy how that entire day went down. I think that precisely because I was young, I saw it through a different lens than say if I was in my late 20’s or early 30’s seeing it all unfold. For those of you that never saw the original twin towers, they were amazing – absolutely gorgeous, stunning and sophisticated. Besides the New York Stock Exchange and the Park Avenue/Grand Central Station business district, those buildings were the romantic symbol of an era forever changed by that morning.

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