Figuratively Speaking for January 27, 2017

Percentage of CFOs who say the single thing that keeps them up at night is conflict with co-workers or supervisors, according to research from Robert Half Finance & Accounting: 25

Percentage who cited poor performance on the job: 25

Percentage who said finding and hiring the right talent for open jobs: 23

Source: Robert Half Finance & Accounting.

Percentage of the take for Super Bowl tickets that goes to each participating team, according to Seat Geek Inc.: 17.5

Percentage that goes to the host city: 5

Percentage that is split evenly by the remaining teams in the league: 34.8

Price range of tickets that are being sold directly to the public through On Location Experiences: $5,999 to $12,000-plus

Generally speaking, average price range of Super Bowl tickets: $2,500 to $3,000

Source: SeatGeek Inc.

Amount the average U.S. adult thinks it costs to raise a child from birth to age 1, according to a report: $24,000

Amount the USDA says is the true cost: $12,680

Source: Bankrate Inc.

Percentage of all nonretired adults who have no retirement savings or pension because many simply cannot afford to contribute to any type of plan, according to research by WalletHub: 31

Ranks of Florida, Wyoming, South Dakota, Iowa and Colorado on the list of the best states for retirement: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Ranks of Rhode Island, Alaska, the District of Columbia, Connecticut and Hawaii on the list of the worst states: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Source: WalletHub.

Year that the first commercial bank in the U.S. opened, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1782

Called the Bank of North America, amount that it was capitalized: $400,000

Rough estimate of that value in today's dollars: $7.5 billion

Today, number of commercial banking establishments in the U.S., employing nearly 1.6 million people: 93,000

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

In 2016, number of guns found in carry-on bags at U.S. airports, according to the Transportation Security Administration: 3,391

Of the guns found in 2016, percentage that were loaded: 83

In the last 10 years, percentage growth rate of guns found in carry-on bag: 300

Ranks of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta (198), Dallas/Fort Worth International (192), and George Bush Intercontinental in Houston (128) on the list of top airports for gun finds: 1, 2, 3

Source: TSA.

Rank of Katie Perry's 2015 halftime Super Bowl performance, which included a giant mechanical tiger and dancing sharks, on the list of the most-watched halftime shows in history with 118.5 million viewers, according to the website: 1


In 2016, combined weight of batteries and cellphones that consumers recycled throughout the U.S. and Canada, according to Call2Recycle: 14 million pounds

Source: Call2Recycle Inc.

Number of U.S. data breaches tracked in 2016, an all-time record high, according to a report by the Identity Theft Resource Center and CyberScout: 1,093

For the eighth consecutive year, rank of hacking/skimming/phishing attacks on the list of causes of data breach incidents: 1

Percentage of all breaches this represents: 55.5

Percentage increase from 2015: 17.7

Source: CyberScout.

Estimated amount that U.S. adults spent on gift cards in the last 12 months, according to research by Packaged Facts: $46 billion

Of this, amount spent on gift cards given to others: $28 billion

Amount spent on gift cards they gave to themselves: $11 billion

Amount employers spent on gift cards for their employees: $7 billion

Source: Packaged Facts.

Idle Thought

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