Dear Valued Apriem Client Family,

Heading into Memorial Day weekend, I think it is important to look back before we can step forward.

As we have all been entrenched in the Coronavirus chronicles, this is a good time to shift our focus to remember those brave men and women who fought and sacrificed their lives for the freedoms that we have been afforded.  While we may feel restricted in more ways than usual, we are blessed to call the United States of America our home and will be forever grateful to our service members. In observance of the market holiday schedule, Apriem Advisors will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2020.

This week we have also been given a glimmer of hope after Moderna announced their first results of human trials for a vaccine against Covid-19. The biotech company partnered with the National Institute of Health (NIH) and is one of eight developers worldwide doing clinical trials for a vaccine. This study produced positive data in a group of eight volunteers, showing that each of the participants produced an antibody response at the same level as those who have had the disease. They also suggest that the vaccine is safe for use in humans. This is a big step forward in getting this disease under control and being able to open our country back up.

Looking ahead to the future, we would like to recognize the graduating class of 2020. These graduates have had to adapt to their final classes online, cancellations of proms, ceremonies and experience different types of celebrations, but have remained resilient. The milestone they achieved is just as great as those that came before them. I know for my family and Harmon’s this has caused a combination of emotions as Chance, my son, and Haley, Harmon’s daughter, are among these students. The class of 2020 will not be defined by what they lost to this virus but by how they responded to it.

While this crisis has made us distance ourselves, the isolation has brought a sense of togetherness as we check in on one another.  So, as we step ahead into the new normal of our lives, make sure to remember those who have given their lives for this nation and applaud those who will carry us forward. I will continue to communicate and ask that you share any feedback.

With much appreciation,

Rhonda Ducote