December 19, 2019 - Published by IAG Wealth Partners

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Gifts blog

Do you have your Christmas shopping done yet? While holiday retail sales figures have been impressive, I am pretty sure not everyone is quite done with their shopping yet.

The pressure to find the perfect gift is on, and it is only enhanced as the number of shopping days dwindles.

Imagine the anticipation as the first perfect gift was given. As promised that gift arrived in a stable in Bethlehem and his birth was announced by angels and a star.

Sometimes the perfect gift arrives in the strangest form.

While most did not view it as such, last year the financial markets delivered a gift on Christmas Eve.

When reviewing stock market returns for calendar year 2019, many will reach the conclusion it was a very positive year. Yet that positivity would not be possible without the harrowing declines of last December that culminated on Christmas Eve. In retrospect, that decline was a gift.

For all of you last minute Christmas shoppers, be confident knowing that the only really perfect gift was the first one and many times the best gifts are cleverly disguised as challenges.

Have a very blessed Christmas celebration from your IAG family! Please note, there will not be a blog post next week.



Quote of the week: Luke 2:10: “But the angel said to [the shepherds], “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”

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