It was the Summer season of 2007
And all through the land
There were rumblings of subprime mortgages
Grown too fat by many hands

The storm clouds and the thunder
Surrounding our Summer's sun
Threatened to take us under
And spoil all of our fun

That first bolt of lightning found Bear Stearns
It was a shot across our ship's bow
What, if anything, might come next?
And when would it happen and how?

The storm clouds continued to gather
Right up until that September
Then the next bolt hit Lehman Brothers
And that was the one to remember

Move forward to the summer of 2013
Where Greece has shown us the way
And ask ourselves a new question
Will it be Spain that takes us away?

By Brennan R. Redmond, who is a CFA charterholder which does not, in fact, stand for "Creative Financial Author."

Brennan R. Redmond, CFA Vice President
Brighton Securities

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