The holiday gatherings I attended had a wide range of professions, backgrounds and ages in the group. Attendees range from 3 to 70 years of age. Professions covered include farming, military, teaching, real estate, corporate employees, non-profit employees, self-employed, government employees, retirees, graduate students and homemakers. Besides catching up socially, conversation topics include politics, economics, business, and investing. Here are some of my observations from this year's conversations:
While holiday parties attendees are not necessarily representative, I thought peoples economic and financial perspectives were relatively positive. I hope this attitude indicates that 2008 will be a better year :-)
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