Figuratively Speaking for August 04, 2017

Percentage of recent college grads who wish they had picked a different field of study now that they are in the job market, according to a survey by Ameritrade: 29

Percentage who would choose a major in a higher-paying field: 22

Percentage of grads who said they would have studied harder: 26

Percentage who would have earned money while in school: 19

Percentage who would spend less money/accumulate less debt: 24

Source: TD Ameritrade.

Number of interest rate hikes already in the books this year (with another expected by the end of the year), according to WalletHub: 2

Percentage of Americans who don't know when the Fed last raised rates: 44

Percentage of Americans who think rate hikes make existing mortgages more expensive (90 percent of mortgages have fixed rates): 50

Source: WalletHub.

Percentage of executives who said the top reason highly skilled professionals would choose one employer over another is the promise of meaningful work, according to a KornFerry survey: 68

Percentage who said better compensation is the top reason these professionals would choose one employer over another: 4

When asked why skilled professionals would leave an organization, percentage of executives who said the top reason would be a lack of their organization's willingness to recognize the value of their expertise: 53

Source: Korn/Ferry International.

Percentage more days than their peers that workers with substance use disorders miss (and up to six weeks of work annually), according to analysis from the National Safety Council, NORC at the University of Chicago, and Shatterproof: 50

Percentage of employers who view prescription drug use as a threat to safety: 39

Percentage who feel it is a problem: 24

Within the construction, entertainment, recreation and food service businesses, number of times higher than the national average the rate of employees with substance use disorders: 2

Source: National Safety Council.

Percentage of finance professionals who believe strong analytical skills are a critical competency in their profession, according to research by the Association for Financial Professionals: 54

Despite the fact that finance professionals consider leadership and people skills to be important competencies, percentage who believe that finance professionals at their own organizations lack these specific skills: 40

Source: Association for Financial Professionals.

Percentage of professionals who said their work-life balance has improved from three years ago, according to the Robert Half Management Resources survey: 52

Percentage who reported their manager is very or somewhat supportive of their efforts to achieve this balance: 91

Percentage who said their boss sets a good or even excellent example: 74

Source: Robert Half Management Resources.

Percentage of Americans who report that some of their favorite outdoor memories have occurred right in their own yards, according to a survey conducted by Harris on behalf of TruGreen: 65

Number of Americans this represents: 162 million

Average number of hours Americans spend per week in their yards during the summer: 12

Percentage of Americans who consider flowers blooming to be the first sign of spring: 35

Source: The Harris Poll.

Ranks of Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion "The Imp" Lannister and Sansa Stark on the list of favoured candidates for the "Iron Throne," according to an Ipsos survey: 1, 2, 3, 4

Trailing even further behind her brother -- rank of incumbent Cersei Lannister, who ascended the throne amidst some controversy following the unexpected deaths of most of King's Landing: 6

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Average amount of money the youngest adult generation reports spending per month on groceries, compared to $724 for those 37 and older, according to research by $797

Average amount millennials spend per month on gasoline, versus the $211 per month spent by those older than them: $254

Average monthly spend by millennials on both dine-in and takeout meals, against $182 for older generations: $233


Idle Thought

"One can never pay in gratitude; one can only pay 'in kind' somewhere else in life." -- Anne Morrow Lindbergh, writer

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