Here we are on the brink of a new year. It’s at this time when we begin putting things in perspective and recollecting over the prior year. 2009 was a rollercoaster ride with a series of ups and downs. In this post, we’ll look at a fraction of the triumphs and Grade A moves over the year.
• Brazil Awarded the Right to Host 2016 Olympics
• Spiked Interest in Gold and Precious Metals:
It’s been a great year for gold. It broke out to a new high on Dec. 3 of $1225 and has remained trading above $1000. Other precious metals also gained favorably due to gold’s popularity. Commodity Online reported that “silver broke through the $19/oz level on 2nd December, at which point it was a remarkable 102% higher year-on-year. This is far better than gold (55%) managed over the same 12 months, or even platinum (83%), although it lagged behind palladium (128%)”.
• Amazon Buying Zappos:
During the middle of this year, the CEO of the extraordinary shoe company Zappos announced that it was bought by Amazon for a total of $1.2 billion.
• Oprah decides to share the cover of O Magazine:
The highly popular magazine has been in print since spring of 2000. For the first time in O Magazine’s history, Oprah was compelled to share the magazine’s cover with First Lady Michelle Obama in the April 2009 issue.
• China and Its Power:
China has been flying high this year and for good reason. It has experienced economic growth around an estimated 8%. It also loaned a massive nine trillion in yuan to the people of China. It’s been scoring resource deals with various countries in Africa and Central Asia. The whole world has their eyes on this growing nation.
• Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009:
This act was passed in February of this year and implemented an estimated $787 trillion in various services for the American people. According to Wikipedia, nineteen percent of the funding benefited American taxpayers and small businesses in the form of tax reductions.
2009 was the year for this micro-blogging social media platform. Entrepreneurs, businessmen, and individuals alike have used its platform to expand their brand, viewership, and even capital.
• Homebuyers Tax Credit Extended:
This popular program that allowed first-time homebuyers an $8,000 tax credit was set to expire this November, but it was extended to continue through June 2010.
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