By LUKAS I. ALPERT and ALIYAH SHAHID -New York Post
If you've thought Wall Street is being run by a bunch of clowns, yesterday you were right on the money.
Members of the Big Apple Circus took the reins of financial power by ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange.
Walter London, a trader with Coffey Inc., said he was so "depressed" that even a clown's mirth could do nothing to help.
"There was no lighter mood on the floor. Living this day in and day out is not fun," he said.
"It's like they're trying to be the Make-A-Wish Foundation, cheering up a terminally ill child," said Bill King, chief market strategist of M. Ramsey King Securities in Chicago. "It's a great metaphor for a financial system that has become a joke.
"It's great to try to create some levity, but there is definitely some unintended symbolism here."
Despite the gloom and doom, the circus members said they considered the experience an honor.
"It was the most phenomenal experience," Harvey said. "I rang the bell. It was so magical. I just felt privileged to be there.
"The power behind it - you are really ringing the bell, and it is loud," she said. "And I speak for Grandma as well."