Figuratively Speaking for November 28, 2010

Percentage of students who said they didn't feel fully prepared to manage their own money when they went to college, according to a BookRenter College Experience survey: 77

Percentage of respondents who believed that it was a parent's responsibility to actively teach them about money: 85

Percentage of students who felt that the onus of learning about money is on them: 5

Source: BookRenter.

Percentage of Americans who said that if they should suddenly inherit a large sum of money, they would start a business, according to findings from a Flash Eurobarometer study investigating attitudes toward entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs in the 27 European Union member states, the U.S. and 50 Chinese cities: 14

Percentage of Chinese who would use an inheritance to start a business: 41

Percentage of Americans who would save the money: 48

Percentage of Chinese who would save the money: 23

Source: Gallup.

Percentage forecast rise in Christmas sales this year over last, totaling nearly $59 billion, according to IBISWorld: 3.6

Percentage rise in electronics, such as remoteless video-game consoles and tablet computers, expected to be the strongest-growing gift category: 7

Projected percentage rise in jewelry sales, in an expected return to luxury shopping: 6.1

Source: IBISWorld.

Percentage of advertising and marketing executives who believe that the annual holiday corporate shindig is a good investment, according to a survey by The Creative Group: 52

Percentage who said their firms don't have holiday celebrations: 24

Source: The Creative Group.

Percentage of Americans who plan to spend more on leisure travel in 2011 than they did this year, according to TripAdvisor's annual Travel Trends survey: 36

Percentage who expect to spend the same amount: 42

Percentage who plan to take two or more leisure trips next year -- a slight increase on the 89 percent who said they have done so in 2010: 90

Source: TripAdvisor.

Percentage of employers who report concern that their top talent may leave their organizations when the economy improves, thus giving workers more leverage in compensation reviews, according to a CareerBuilder survey: 43

Percentage of employers who said they are willing to negotiate 2011 salary increases with current employees: 31

Percentage who plan to leave some negotiating room when extending initial offers to new employees: 51


Percentage of Americans who have purchased a vehicle who say quality has the greatest influence on their car-buying decision, according to a survey conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs on behalf of CarMax: 37

Percentage who said price has the greatest influence: 28

Percentage who cited safety: 22

Source: CarMax.

Percentage of active gamers in the U.S. who spend money on in-game virtual items and micro-transactions to the point they are filing lawsuits to establish "ownership" of these virtual goods, according to a Parks Associates report: 19

As virtual items become a larger part of the gaming business economy, projected worldwide revenue in microtransaction revenues by 2015: $6 billion

Source: Parks Associates.

Percentage of adults who said Johnny Depp's performance in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" trilogy is today's best example of the swashbuckling tradition that was the trademark of stars like Errol Flynn, according to the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) poll which gauges how modern movies, stars and filmmakers stack up against Hollywood icons: 41

Ranks of Antonio Banderas in "The Mask of Zorro" and Russell Crowe in "Robin Hood": 2, 3

Source: Turner Classic Movies.

Percentage of participants with an employer-sponsored defined benefit plan who are very confident that they will receive income from their pension plan in retirement, down from 24 percent in 2008, according to a Mercer Workplace Survey: 19

Percentage who are "somewhat confident": 35

Percentage who are "not at all confident" that they will receive some pension income: 11

Source: Mercer.

Idle Thought

"You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips." -- Oliver Goldsmith, writer and physician

(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre(at)

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