There are few gatherings as reliable as Valentine’s Day and bad poetry, and some of the world’s most esteemed financial organizations had their worst Sunday. First came a tweet from the European Central Bank reaffirming its commitment from its January meeting to maintain favorable monetary conditions: “Roses are red / Violets are blue / We will maintain favorable financial conditions / Until the crisis ends,” with the hashtag # ECBmyvalentine. Groan.
Fortunately, the US Federal Reserve did not respond in the same way. But the US Securities and Exchange Commission chimed in later Sunday morning, with this even more tortured prose from the regulator’s Office of Education and Investor Defense: “Roses are red / Some fish are alighting. / Before investing / Do your research. “Good use of emojis, though. Minutes later, the New York Stock Exchange published this affront to poetic metric: To be fair, you aren’t the only ones who can write a bad Valentine’s poem – Roses are red, violets are top-notch This Day Valentine’s Day Subscribe to MarketWatch. Also read: Is the stock market open on Presidents’ Day? Here are the business hours