Talking Points: Solar Energy, Gift Cards, Aviation, S&P 500

The S&P 500 posted positive total returns in every month of 2017, something the index has not done in its 90 year history. Seeking Alpha, January 2, 2018

Roughly $1 billion in gift cards go unused every year. MarketWatch, December 26, 2017

Over the last two decades aviation deaths around the world have been steadily falling. Airlines recorded no accident fatalities in commercial passenger jets last year, making 2017 the safest year on record. The New York Times,  January 1, 2018

The Dow’s record close in 2017 ended with six full weeks of gains- the last time the Dow rose in each of the final six weeks of the year was in 1954. CNBC.com, December 29, 2017 

Solar energy is now responsible for one in every 50 new jobs created in the US, and the clean energy sector is growing 12 times the rate of the rest of the economy. CNBC.com, February 7, 2017

In 2017, the ozone hole shrank to its smallest since 1988, the year Bobby McFerrin topped the charts with ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy.’ CNET.com, November 2, 2017

“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different.”C.S. Lewis

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