Death by Chocolate

It’s that time of year again – which means the lights are up, the stores are packed, and people are getting into the spirit of giving. It also means that our office is starting to receive a never ending stream of artery-clogging chocolate covered this and that, blocks of cheese, smoked salmon, baklava, nuts of every shape and size… and did we mention chocolate?

Don’t get us wrong – we appreciate the gesture, and (besides Attain CEO Jeff Malec) we like chocolate in all its forms. But, we’re talking about a chocolate arms race here – chocolate bars, chocolate pretzels, chocolate popcorn, hot chocolate, chocolate containers to hold more chocolate.  I’m surprised nobody’s thought of a chocolate balloon filled with chocolate scented air yet…

It’s a nice gesture, if you’re trying to kill us. Talk about death by chocolate. The total fat calories would be more than Winton’s AUM.

Now, we don’t want to be a Scrooge here (although if we have to be – our preference is Donald Duck’s Uncle Scrooge). But if you can’t blog about your dislike for chocolate holiday gifts and beg those who are nice enough to send gifts to opt for something else… well, then what’s the point of having a blog?

If you are one of those kind souls looking to send a holiday gift to Attain, here’s our official plea to do something more constructive than the $300 Harry and David basket containing 80% packaging and 20% food (90% of that chocolate covered).

Need some ideas? How about these:

  • Help kids with cancer instead of increasing our waistlines with a donation to One Step Camp (Attain investor relations manager Lauren Berliner is involved with the charity donating her time as a camp counselor).
  • Some of our team are also involved with Sky Foundation, a pancreatic cancer foundation.
  • Speaking of kids – the Hedge Funds Care cause is preventing and treating child abuse. For all you managers out there, they’ll let CTA managers care also.
  • Give money to the Commodity Customer Coalition, a 501(c)(4) non-profit who has been fighting the big banks and others in getting money back for MF Global and PFG customers. Or alternatively, send money directly to PFG trustee Ira Bodenstein asking for it to be credited to the customer segregated funds account to benefit former PFG clients (CME, if you’re reading, about $200 million would be a good amount).
  • Pick your own cause: Just Give.

PS – if all else fails, just send popcorn !

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