Every day NYSE floor legend Art Cashin and I chat about the day's market action, which goes up on CNBC.com midday.
But once a year, the director of floor operations at UBS and I sit down at Bobby Van's Steakhouse across the street from the NYSE to remember the year that has passed and to look ahead to the coming year.
There was much for Art and I to talk about. It has been a record year for stocks: The Dow Industrial Average hit a historic high for the first time this year on March 5 and is up another 10 percent since then. The S&P 500 has rallied a stellar 24 percent alone in 2014. What's fueled stocks higher? Massive money pumping by the Federal Reserve, upbeat corporate earnings, and a slowly improving economy.
2013 key events:
—Jan. 1: U.S. reaches fiscal cliff resolution
—March 5: Dow sets record high
—April 4: Bank of Japan launches stimulus
—May 22: Ben Bernanke testifies before Congress
—July 18: Detroit files for bankruptcy
—Aug. 21: Syria chemical attacks
—Oct. 1: Government shut down begins, lasting 16 days
—Oct. 15: Fitch puts U.S. on "watch negative"
—Nov. 14: Janet Yellen testifies before Congress
(Read more: Don't expect big things from Washington in 2014)
When it comes to 2014, Art mentioned several hot-button topics: if and when the Fed tapers, Yellen's potentially short-lived honeymoon, and where interest rates may be in the next six months.