Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For January 25, 2009

Percentage of elite professionals (those earning more than $200,000 a year) who spend one to two hours each week networking, according to a study from Upwardly Mobile Inc. with the assistance of the Graziadio School of Business Management at Pepperdine University: 31

Source: Upwardly Mobile.

Ranks of Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and the United States on the list of the world's freest economies, according to the 2009 Index of Economic Freedom, jointly published by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Number of consecutive years that Hong Kong has led the list: 15

Source: The Heritage Foundation.

In terms of the dollar value of balances carried by credit card users in the U.S., percentage who have between $5,000 and $20,000 in credit card debt, according to a survey by Standard and Poor's: 22

Percentage who have more than $40,000 in credit card debt: 3

When looking at their debt as a percentage of their available credit, percentage of respondents who are at or near the maximum limit of their primary card: 25

Source: Standard and Poor's ExecuComp.

After viewing a video news clip featuring a man seeking $1.5 million in return for donating his kidney to his ex-wife (who allegedly had an affair while they were married), percentage of Americans who do not believe the man should receive $1.5 million from his ex-wife for the donated kidney, according to a study was conducted by HCD Research: 76

Source: HCD Research Inc.

Percentage of executives from the banking and securities, financial services and technology industries who expect accounting fraud to increase during the next two years, according to the results of a poll conducted by Deloitte LLP: 63.3

To prepare for the risks that a downward economy poses, percentage of respondents who indicated that their organizations have established protocols for conducting investigations: 45.7

Source: Deloitte LLP.

Percentage of IT security practitioners who report that someone in their organization has had a laptop lost or stolen, according to a study conducted by Absolute Software Corp. and the Ponemon Institute: 92

Percentage who report that it resulted in a data breach: 71

Source: Ponemon Institute.

Percentage of American workers whose No. 1 work-life concern is keeping their job, according to an Adecco USA survey: 69

Percentage who are saving more money than they used to for potential unemployment: 24

Source: Adecco.

Percentage of Americans who are concerned about the nation's infrastructure, according to a poll conducted by Luntz, Maslansky Strategic Research: 94

Percentage who are prepared to pay one percent more in taxes to rebuild America's infrastructure: 81

Percentage who most want to see exactly where the money is being spent: 24

Ranks of energy facilities, roads and highways, and clean air on the list of the priorities and concerns of Americans: 1, 2, 3

Source: Luntz, Maslansky Strategic Research.

Ranks of the ability to shop 24 hours a day, timesaving, avoiding crowds and saving gas as the chief reason consumers shop online, according to a Nielsen Online survey: 1, 2, 3, 4

Source: Nielsen Online.

Percentage of business travelers who say they watch more TV commercials in a hotel room compared to TV viewing at home, according to a survey conducted by Zoomerang for LodgeNet Interactive Corp: 28.3

Percentage who multitask more while watching TV at home than in a hotel: 43

Source: LodgeNet Interactive Corp.

Idle Thought

"One should count each day a separate life." -- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre(at)bwr.eastlink.ca.)