When was the last time you gave up on a goal?
When was the last time you accomplished one?
You’re beating the odds here if you’re achieving more goals than you’re giving up on.
That’s because most of us give up on our goals at some point, and a lot of us give up after just a few weeks of trying.1
Sometimes, we’re just not ready for a change. So, we lack motivation.
Other times, we’re biting off more than we can chew, and we don’t set ourselves up to succeed.
Failing with our goals only happens when we stop working on them.
So, if you haven’t achieved some goal yet, changing your approach — and embracing the power of small daily actions — could be the solution you’re looking for.
That’s the focus of this month’s Visual Insights Newsletter.
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Any one of us can start taking small daily actions to make real progress toward bigger achievements. It doesn’t matter how many times we’ve tried before or what we’re working toward.
If we have a daily plan of attack with the right steps laid out, we can stay on track to accomplish unbelievable goals in finance and in life.
Go ahead and click here to unleash the power of small daily actions and see how they can transform your life.
Your Eagle Wealth Team
P.S. Outside of New Year’s, when do you think about setting and working on goals? What’s been the biggest goal you’ve accomplished so far? Hit “reply” and share your experiences. We’d love to hear about your goal-related habits and your proudest achievements to date.
The Week on Wall Street
Stocks posted a slight gain last week amid a shortage of news and light holiday trading.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.76%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 added 0.49%. The Nasdaq Composite index advanced 0.32% for the week. The MSCI EAFE index, which tracks developed overseas stock markets, increased 1.13%.2,3,4
Stocks Gain To End Year
The stock market gains in the final trading days of 2023 capped an exceptional year of performance. The last-week rally also mirrored the historical tendency of stocks to rise at this time of year, a propensity known as the “Santa Claus rally.” The Santa Claus rally covers the final five trading days of the calendar year and the first two days of trading in January.
The average return of the S&P 500 during this Santa Claus rally is 1.3% during the past 73 years. Remember that past performance does not guarantee future results, and individuals cannot invest directly in an index.5
The 2023 week’s gains, led by smaller-capitalization stocks and a handful of industry sectors, were partially erased on Friday as light volume and some profit-taking pressured stocks.
Jobless Claims Rise
Initial jobless claims increased by 12,000 to 218,000, which exceeded economists’ forecasts. The four-week moving average, which better illustrates jobless claim trends, was little changed, coming in at 212,000; this was the lowest number since late October.6
Continuing jobless claims, which measures the number of individuals collecting unemployment benefits, was flat from the previous week at 1.88 million.7
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2. The Wall Street Journal, December 29, 2023
3. The Wall Street Journal, December 29, 2023
4. The Wall Street Journal, December 29, 2023
5. Nasdaq.com, December 19, 2023.
6. Bloomberg, December 28, 2023.
7. Bloomberg, December 28, 2023.
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The market indexes discussed are unmanaged, and generally, considered representative of their respective markets. Index performance is not indicative of the past performance of a particular investment. Indexes do not incur management fees, costs, and expenses. Individuals cannot directly invest in unmanaged indexes. Past performance does not guarantee future results.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average is an unmanaged index that is generally considered representative of large-capitalization companies on the U.S. stock market. Nasdaq Composite is an index of the common stocks and similar securities listed on the NASDAQ stock market and is considered a broad indicator of the performance of technology and growth companies. The MSCI EAFE Index was created by Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) and serves as a benchmark of the performance of major international equity markets, as represented by 21 major MSCI indexes from Europe, Australia, and Southeast Asia. The S&P 500 Composite Index is an unmanaged group of securities that are considered to be representative of the stock market in general.
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