Talking Points: S&P 500, Resolutions, Planning

Since 1969, the S&P 500 has averaged a gain of 1.3% over the seven-day period that encompasses the last five sessions of the year and the first two trading days of the new year. Wall Street Journal December 17, 2018

About 80% of people fail to stick to their New Year’s resolutions for longer than six weeks.  A study showed that 55% of resolutions were health related and about 20% were to do with getting out of debt. Business Insider, January 2018 

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

The original New Year’s Eve Ball weighed 700 pounds and was five feet in diameter. It was made of iron and wood and was decorated with 100 25-watt light bulbs. A new News Years Eve ball was designed on November 11, 2008 and it is a geodesic sphere, 12 feet in diameter and weighs 11,875 pounds. CNN, November 28, 2018 

“Adults are always asking little kids what they want to be when they grow up because they are looking for ideas.” Paula Poundstone

Nearly three-quarters of all Americans said estate planning is confusing. Only 40% have a will and just 17% have a trust in place. WealthCounsel

“Life is lived in the first twenty years and the remainder is just reflection.” Graham Greene

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