Trump could prove to be a genuine disaster, and the year didn't finish brilliantly for Mariah Carey, but overall the case for 2016 being the worst year ever is flimsy.
Shares finish strongly
This makes Australians the second wealthiest nation on earth in per capita terms, behind Switzerland.
As such there were no further inroads into unemployment rate, which remains at 5.7 per cent, and wages growth was sluggish at only +1.9 per cent.
It wasn't all sluggish over the year, though.
Shock and ore
Accordingly we can expect to see a significant improvement in the international trade figures on Friday this week.
The latest of many rallies has been in gas prices, but Bloomberg's indices show coking coal up by a phenomenal 230 per cent, iron ore up by well over 80 per cent, and thermal coal up by more than 60 per cent.
The main question now is how long elevated prices can hold up for.
In fact, a detailed look at the national accounts show that while the economies of Sydney and Melbourne are growing strongly, many parts of Australia are recession hit.