Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For March 27, 2011

Percentage of millionaires who expect a callback from their financial advisers within two hours, according to "Millionaire Investor 2010," a report released by Spectrem Group: 40

Altogether, percentage of investors with a net worth of $1 million to $5 million (not including a primary residence) who want to hear back from their advisers within 12 hours of their initial call: 72

Percentage of millionaires who said not returning calls in a timely manner was the No. 1 reason for changing advisers: 73

Source: Spectrem Group.

Year of the publication of the first "Ten Most Wanted" list by the FBI, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1950

In the years since, number of men and women who have appeared on the list: 494

Of these, number who have been apprehended: 463

Number who were caught as a result of tips from the public: 152

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage of Americans who are consciously trying to buy foods that are local, according to the third annual BrandSpark and Better Homes and Gardens American shopper study: 60

Percentage of shoppers who believe private-label products are usually extremely good value: 66

Percentage who prefer purchasing brand-name products when they are on sale rather than private-label products: 66

Source: Better Homes and Gardens.

In 2009, percentage of Americans aged 55 or older with a graduate or professional degree who were in the labor force, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute: 63.1

Percentage of those without a high school diploma who were in the labor force: 22.4

Source: Employee Benefit Research Institute.

Percentage of college students who enter the classroom without basic skills in reading, writing, math and other areas, according to instructors surveyed by Cengage Learning: 25

Source: Cengage Learning.

If regular gas prices reach $4 a gallon across the nation (as many experts have forecasted), the number of additional passenger trips on public transit (buses, trains and subways) that can be expected, resulting in more than 10.8 billion trips per year, according to a study by the American Public Transportation Association: 670 million

If pump prices jump to $5 a gallon, predicted number of additional passenger trips that can be expected, resulting in more than 11.6 billion trips per year: 1.5 billion

Source: American Public Transportation Association.

Ranks of the federal budget deficit, unemployment, energy prices and the financial condition of state and local governments on the list of factors in the U.S. investment climate that investors are most likely to cite, according to the Wells Fargo-Gallup Investor and Retirement Optimism Index survey: 1(tie), 3, 4

Source: Gallup.

Percentage of small business owners who indicate they use mobile applications in their business, according to the 2011 AT&T Small Business Technology Poll: 72

Percentage of owners who said they could not survive without wireless technology or that they would face major challenges to survive without it: 64

Source: AT&T Inc.

Percentage of Americans who continue to have concerns that their personal and financial information would not be kept private and secure if they file their state and federal tax returns using desktop computers, according to a survey commissioned by Taxsoftware.com: 49

Percentage who have some level of concern about using their laptop computers: 44

Percentage who have some level of concern about using smart phones: 43

Source: Taxsoftware.com.

Percentage of Americans who believe that political discussions today are angry and bad-tempered, according to a Harris Poll: 87

Percentage of respondents who believe that "how American politicians treat one another influences how American citizens treat one another": 72

Source: Harris Interactive.

Idle Thought

"That sign of old age, extolling the past at the expense of the present." -- Sydney Smith, writer and clergyman

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