Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For April 27, 2014

Percentage less that a 25-year-old single man pays for car insurance than a 20-year-old single man, according to a study for Bankrate.com: 49

Percentage less that a 25-year-old woman pays than a 20-year-old woman: 39

Source: Bankrate Inc.

Percentage of Americans who say it's not possible or are unsure if it's possible for someone to achieve financial security with a middle-class income, according to the Country Financial Security Index: 59

Percentage of Americans who say $50,000 to $100,000 is enough to live comfortably in the current economic environment: 48

Percentage of Americans who consider someone earning a $50,000 to $100,000 income as "financially well-off": 34

Source: Country Financial.

Percentage of baby boomers who postponed their plans to retire during the past year, according to the Insured Retirement Institute: 25

Percentage of boomers who plan to retire at age 70 or later: 28

Percentage who prematurely withdrew savings from a retirement plan during the past year: 10

Source: Insured Retirement Institute.

Percentage of consumers who indicated they would put money from a tax refund into savings or investments, according to the results of a survey by RetailMeNot: 42

Percentage of respondents who indicated they would spend their refund on food: 21

Percentage who would spend it on luxuries like travel: 19

Source: RetailMeNot.com.

Percentage rise in the number of U.S. mothers with children under age 18 who do not work outside the home, up from 23 percent in 1999, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of government data: 29

Source: Pew Research Center's Social & Demographic Trends.

Percentage of global adults who watch TV who indicate they usually watch TV programming "live," according to the findings of a poll conducted in 20 countries byby Ipsos OTX: 86

Ranks of streaming or downloading from a computer (27 percent), streaming from the Internet to TV (16 percent), using a DVR or other recording device attached to a TV (16 percent) and on a mobile device (11 percent) on the list of other popular modes of watching that are catching on: 1, 2, 3, 4

Source: Ipsos OTX MediaCT.

Rank of Italy on the list of places to go for the best local cuisine for its diversity from region to region, as well as its consistently high quality, according to a survey by the American Society of Travel Agents: 1

Rank of Paris on the list, cited for its excellent chefs, venues and the use of local produce: 2

Rank of New Orleans on the list, famous for melded flavors of Cajun, Creole and French that create wonderful and varied meals: 3

Source: American Society of Travel Agents.

Estimated number of occupied housing units across the United States heated by wood, representing 2.1 percent of all homes, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 2.4 million

Estimated number of occupied housing units across the country totally heated by solar energy: 42,747

Estimated number of occupied housing units across the country heated by utility gas -- 49.4 percent of all homes: 57 million

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage of students who feel they don't know enough about personal finances, according to a recent survey by H&R Block's Dollars & Sense program: 75

Percentage of teens who worry about being worse off financially than their parents: 58

Source: H&R Block.

Percentage of IT companies that say security tops their clients' concerns, ahead of support for the cloud (52 percent), mobile-device management (46 percent) and data management (45 percent), according to the Autotask 2014 IT Service Provider Benchmarking Survey: 54

Source: Autotask Corp.

Idle Thought

"Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you." -- Carl Sandburg, poet

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