In This Issue:
The New Year Should Bring Investors Some Relief
Consumers Have More Money Than Holiday Sales Suggest
Most Corporations Are In Good Financial Shape
Economy Gains From Cheaper Dollars, Oil, And Interest Rates
The Faster The Pain, The Quicker The Gain?
If You Don’t Play, You Can’t Win
The Bottom Line This Week
Investors who hoped that Santa might bring them some cheer over Christmas were sorely disappointed. The usually-jolly old gentlemen dropped off a rather large bag of coal. Even that gift was worth a lot less than would have been true a few months ago.
In any event, when the stock market closed on Christmas week, the Dow and the Nasdaq were down another 0.7% and 2.2% respectively. The mood brightened over the weekend when unemployment claims dropped unexpectedly. During the last three trading days of 2008, the market went up 260 points. We suspect that the occasion will be celebrated with a little extra bubbly on New Years Eve.
Of course, Wall Street’s revelers will need to overlook the fact that the S&P 500 went down a dismal 41% during 2008. It wasn’t the worst annual performance in history, but it was the worst in the memory of most investors living now.