Talking Points: December 23, 2019

December 23, 2019

Only 3% of Americans say they got into a political argument at the Thanksgiving table this year. Huffington Post, December 9, 2019

Despite the more than 25% year-to-date gain for the S&P 500, investors remain apprehensive about the stock market. More than $130 billion has been drawn from equity funds in 2019, making it the biggest year of outflows on record. Axios, December 9, 2019

Visa credit cards are used 6,000 times every minute during the holiday season. Tri-County Times, November 26, 2019

The U.S. gift-card market was $95.7 billion last year. Researchers estimate that between $2 billion and $4 billion will be left unused on gift cards this year. The Atlantic, August 27, 2019

In 2017, (the latest year for which data is available) Americans cut down 15,094,678 Christmas trees. The Wall Street Journal, November 29, 2019

Last year, consumers in America returned $369 billion of online merchandise- or roughly a 10% total of all sales. Many returned-but-then-unsold items went straight to landfills. Bloomberg News, November 12, 2019

“Optimism is the belief that things are going to get better. Hope is the belief that we can make things better.” Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

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