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•In the first 25 days of trading in 2023, the S&P 500 was up 8.5% - the 6th best start to a year since 1953.
•There have been 16 other years where the S&P 500 gained 5% or more in the first 25 days.
•Historically, the median rest-of-year performance was 17.6%, with gains occurring in 15 out of the 16 years... I like those odds!
•Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) is a relatively new investment strategy that attempts to invest money in companies that will help society and the wider world.
•Over the past five years, investors added an estimated $64.6 billion to funds using ESG strategies to invest in U.S. stocks.
•Yet investors are starting to see the downside of ESG funds which on average only have 2.6% invested in energy (for example, oil and gas companies).
•As a result, last year, ESG funds lost 19.7%, which is worse than the overall stock market.
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Cocktail Party Facts
•The average monthly payment on a new car has soared to a record $777, nearly double the average payment from 2019.
•That accounts for nearly 1/6th of the median after-tax income for US households. It might be time to start walking to work...
•Now may be a good time to consider changing where you put your extra savings.
•Since 2019, Americans have lost out on $291 billion in interest by keeping their savings in the five biggest banks.
•The average interest rate on a bank savings account is just 0.268%, whereas the yield on a 1-year treasury is now over 4.5%.
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