Good Riddance Year of the Rat. Happy Year of the Ox!
It is said that the Year of the Ox will bring stability and calm to the world. I think we could all use a bit less drama and turmoil after 2008, the Year of the Rat. In Chinese astrology the rat symbolizes greed and cleverness - a perfect symbol of what seems to have led to the U.S. economy's perfect storm. The Ox, on the other hand, is expected to bring "extra drive and enthusiasm" in pursuit of our goals. And because earth is equivalent to the color brown in the five-element system, the year 2009 is also called Brown Cow Year.
How Now Brown Cow?
Well, so far it's a little early to tell. Nationally, we're still hitting new lows every week in the housing market. But at some point the market must…