Fun Fact Friday ๐ŸŽ„ 12/22/2023

Fun Fact Friday with Andrew Bacon

Hey Friends,
I’ve got 5 fun facts and my weekly quote to share with you today. Merry Christmas!


Fun Fact 1:
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer developed as a marketing ploy. Santaโ€™s most famous reindeer got his start in 1939, when a writer for the Montgomery Ward department store used Rudolph to boost profits during the holiday season.ย In the first year alone 2.4 million copies were distributed.

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Source: Smithsonian

Fun Fact 2:
US gas prices have moved down to about $3.10/gallon (national average), which is their lowest levels of the year.

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Source: AAA (

Fun Fact 3:
Apple, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Nvidia, Tesla, and Meta have gained 75% in 2023 versus a gain of 12% for the remaining 493 companies in the S&P 500.

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Source: Dow Jones Market Data; FactSet

Fun Fact 4:
Here is a chart showing the recent interest rate drops compared to the rest of the year as well as their current levels.

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Source: Mortgage News Daily

Fun Fact 5:
The national amount of completed homes available for sale is about 76,000.

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Source: Census; HUD; viaย Logan Mohtashami

Commentary:ย This isn’t a lot of homes relative to the amount of working population in America (157 million).

Quote I’m pondering:

“If you’re in doubt about something that’s not in your life, try it. Things are so different in practice versus in theory. The only way to know is to experience it yourself.” -Derek Sivers



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