Figuratively Speaking for June 02, 2017

Percentage of people losing sleep over their finances who reported taking at least one step to improve their financial situation over the past year, versus 54 percent of those who aren't losing sleep, according to 82

Ranks of reducing expenses, selling something, signing up for a new credit card and taking on a second job on the list of the most common actions the insomniacs took to improve their financial situation: 1, 2, 3, 4


Percentage of workers who are only somewhat satisfied with the benefits offered by their current employer, according to the "value of benefits" research by Employee Benefit Research Institute: 32

Percentage of employees who are extremely or very confident that their employer will continue to offer a similar benefits package three years from now: 49

Source: EBRI.

Age at which millennials think people should be able to pay for their own housing, according to a study from 22

Age at which they think they should pay for their own car: 20

Age at which they should pay for their own cellphone: 18

In all three cases, number of years earlier that millennials' average response is than the age baby boomers feel is appropriate: 1


Number of employees working in recyclable material merchant wholesale establishments, according to research by the U.S. Census Bureau: 113,090

Total annual sales for recyclable material from merchant wholesale establishments: $95.8 billion

Total annual sales for recyclable paper and paperboard products: $9.8 billion

Total annual sales for recyclable plastics products: $2.5 billion

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage of Americans who faked being sick to get out of doing something they do not want to do, according to a survey by Toluna: 59

Percentage who considered cheating on their taxes, thinking the chances of being caught by the government are slim: 30

Percentage who lied on a resume or job interview: 12

Source: Toluna QuickSurveys.

Percentage of parents who try to balance their children's technology use as it affects familial interactions by not allowing cellphones at the dinner table, according to a survey by the American Psychological Association: 32

Percentage of parents who say that regulating their child's screen time is a constant battle: 48

Percentage of parents who report feeling like their child is attached to their phone or tablet: 58

Percentage who say they feel disconnected from their families, even when they are together, because of technology: 45

Source: American Psychological Association.

Percentage of millennials who would stash an extra $1,000 in a savings account instead of the stock market, according to a TD Ameritrade survey: 77

Percentage of millennials who feel pressure to keep up with the spending habits of their friends: 24

Percentage who admit to spending money to make a good impression: 15

Source: TD Ameritrade.

Percentage of wedding guests who indicate that they have declined a wedding invitation because they felt they couldn't afford to go, according to a survey by 21


Percentage of teens who describe driving as somewhat or very stressful, according to a prom and graduation season survey by the National Safety Council: 60

Rank of car crashes on the list of causes of deaths among teens: 1

Percentage of teens who identified inexperience as the biggest risk while driving: 28

Source: National Safety Council.

Percentage of consumers who believe physical retail locations will be part of the shopping journey in the future, according to a survey from Tulip Retail: 64

Percentage of shoppers who said a knowledgeable store associate who is able to suggest products based on their purchase history would encourage them to shop in-store: 50

Source: Tulip Retail.

Idle Thought

"As a general truth, communities prosper and flourish, or droop and decline, in just the degree that they practice or neglect to practice the primary duties of justice and humanity." -- William Henry Seward, U.S. Secretary of State, 1861-1869

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