May 25th, 2011
I’m going to miss Mark Haines. During the Tech Bubble, I associated CNBC with Mark Haines. Every now and then, when I traveled on business or had an opportunity to go into the office late or skip work altogether, I’d try to catch the market’s open and …. there he was, Mark Haines, whetting my appetite for more. I planed for and looked forward with anticipation to the day when I would be able to quite my day job and begin trading full time.
That day came at the beginning of 2002 and I’ve started nearly every weekday having breakfast with Mark, waiting for the opening bell to ring at 9:30. Whenever Mark was out and a substitute was necessary, I had to make a conscious decision as to whether or not I’d watch the market open that day (whenever they stuck in Simon Hobbs I made it a point of quickly turning the t.v. off).
Even with the sound muted as is often the case at my desk, Mark’s absence is another marker of a passing era. Market openings for quite a while just won’t have quite the same excitement as they’ve had in the past.