14 Dec 2012, by
It’s one week closer to the end of the year, and the prevailing focus of the market continues to be on Washington’s inability to come to some type of agreement on the looming “fiscal cliff” issue. With what seem to be hourly news conferences and pundit speculation, the markets have generally moved toward a consensus that a compromise will be made. That, combined with better-than-expected unemployment numbers, led to the markets ending the Wednesday-to-Wednesday week up more than 1.3%. Fund investors also seemed to see things positively; they injected $12.7 billion into mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) for the week.