Most investors blame the discovery of a new, possibly more virulent mutation of the coronavirus for the decline in stocks this week. No doubt there is some truth to that, but equally as important was the change in monetary policy enunciated by Jerome Powell, the chairperson of the Federal Reserve Bank, this week. Readers have seen the S&P 500 Index decline by about 4% since the Thanksgiving week. The announcement that a new COVID 19 variant, dubbed Omicron, had been discovered in Africa surprised the investment world. Friday, November 26, we saw a substantial 2% downdraft in the financial markets….