During the 300pt gain the other day, I happened to be watching a busines network (I never watch TV during the day but this I had to see market giddiness) and one of the commentators was saying the most recent consumer optimism report was out and the last time it was this high was Summer 1996 (maybe we had summer euphoria of Atlanta games that summer). That summer. I remember we bought a personal PC and I started using AOL around that time, for what its worth. Anyway, in 1996, Greenspan made infamous comment of 'irrational exuberance' and the market went on to have 3 more yrs of a bull run. Also, consumer optimism is on uptick (which I also heard about last month). I need more research on this
Either way, while Personal Capital reflects increase in NW, my lonely spreadsheet is just hoping and praying for a 7% annual increase over Dec 31, 2016 balances. It does not know about this year yet.....not until Jan 1, 2018.
Did buy a bottle of wine last night, but no other unusual spending.