Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For March 08, 2015

Percentage of financial industry professionals who say too much cash is currently on the books of large, publicly owned U.S. companies, according to a survey by Convergex: 72

Ranks of capital expenditure, incremental hiring and acquisitions as their preferred use of excess cash: 1, 2, 3

Source: Convergex.

Percentage of those with a savings plan with specific goals who say they are making good or excellent progress in meeting their goals, according to the American Savings Education Council: 57

Percentage of those without a plan who say the same: 22

Percentage of those with a plan who say they are spending less than their income and saving the rest: 90

Percentage of those without a plan who said the same: 50

Source: American Savings Education Council.

Percentage of single moms who are likely to report that they are at least "somewhat" stressed, compared to 64 percent for moms who are married/cohabiting, according to a survey of moms ages 18 and over conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs on behalf of the Clinton Foundation: 78

Percentage of moms with a household income below $50,000 who report at least being "somewhat" stressed compared to 63 percent for moms with a household income of $50,000 or over: 73

Ranks of managing their money/finances and thinking about their children's future on the list of the top two sources of stress: 1, 2

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs RS.

Number of people who were treated in hospitals in 2013 for a winter sports-related activity, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: 343,000

Number that were related to skiing: 138,559

Snowboarding: 95,348

Sledding: 63,000

Ice skating: 47,031

Source: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Percentage of CFOs who say that remote working opportunities have increased at their companies over the last three years, according to a survey by Accountemps: 36

Ranks of higher morale and retention as the reasons for instituting remote working: 1, 2

Source: Accountemps.

Percentage of marijuana users aged 18 to 25 who said they have been high at school, according to a nationwide survey by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's Center for Public Advocacy: 35

Percentage who said they have been high at work: 23.1

Source: Hazelden.

Number of calories burned in a one-minute kiss, according to New York-based Manhattan Dental Arts: 26

Number of guys the average woman will kiss before she's married: 79

Percentage of all people who have their first kiss before the age of 14: 50

Source: Manhattan Dental Arts.

Percentage more time that Americans eating all-natural proteins spent exercising than the average American, according to Packaged Facts: 21

Percentage more time that Americans with household incomes above $100,000 spent exercising than the average American: 55

Source: Packaged Facts.

Year of the first successful organ transplant in the U.S., performed in Boston by Harvard's Dr. Joseph Murray, who transplanted a kidney from one identical twin to another, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1954

Estimated number of kidney transplants performed each year in the U.S., the most common and successful of the organ transplant procedures: 17,000

Estimated number of people who are on waiting lists to receive a transplanted kidney: 94,000

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage of American adults who now believe that terminally ill patients who are in great pain should have the right to end their lives, according to a Harris poll: 74

Number of states -- Oregon, Washington and Vermont – that currently have right-to-die laws that allow physician-assisted suicide: 3

Source: Harris Interactive.

Idle Thought

"Familiarity is a magician that is cruel to beauty but kind to ugliness." -- Ouida (pen name of Marie Louise de la Ramee)

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