S&P 500, Dow Jones Global ex-US, Gold, Bloomberg Commodity Index returns exclude reinvested dividends (gold does not pay a dividend) and the three-, five-, and 10-year returns are annualized; and the 10-year Treasury Note is simply the yield at the close of the day on each of the historical time periods.
Sources: Yahoo! Finance; MarketWatch; djindexes.com; U.S. Treasury; London Bullion Market Association.
Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Indices are unmanaged and cannot be invested into directly. N/A means not applicable.
CAN YOU BELIEVE IT’S DECEMBER ALREADY? According to Andy Williams, Garth Brooks and Kylie Minogue, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” During December, holiday enthusiasts don ugly sweaters, wheedle recipes out of relatives, light a wealth of candles, and celebrate a diversity of holidays. See what you know about this magical time of the year by taking our brief quiz.
1. Which of the following holidays is NOT celebrated in December?
a. International Ninja Day
b. Sacher-Torte Day
c. Dewey-Decimal System Day
d. National Take Down the Christmas Tree Day
2. Scientists have studied the psychology of gift giving. They find that the most valued presents are:
a. Expensive gifts that make others envious
b. Beautifully wrapped gifts that are pleasing to the eye
c. Sentimental gifts that bring joy and happiness
d. Thoughtful gifts that reflect the recipient’s hobbies and interests
3. Which generation is expected to spend the most ($1,823) on gifts, travel and entertainment this holiday season?
a. Gen Z (Ages 9 to 24)
b. Millennials (Ages 25 to 40)
c. Gen X (Ages 41 to 56)
d. Boomers (Ages 57 to 75)
4. When did the New Year’s Eve ball drop first take place in Times Square? (Hint: Teddy Roosevelt was President.)
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Weekly Focus – Think About It
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”
—Melody Beattie, author
Answers: 1) d; 2) c; 3) b; 4) b