Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For October 18, 2019

Percentage of people in a relationship who say their partner is financially irresponsible, according to a survey from Policygenius: 22

Times more likely these people are to break up with a partner over money issues than people who say their partner is good with money: 10

Percentage of couples who are tackling finances together -- keeping and managing joint finances: 78

Source: Policygenius.

Percentage of Americans who have no retirement savings at all, according to findings of a Northwestern Mutual study: 15

Percentage of Americans who don't know how much they'll need to retire comfortably: 56

On average, the percentage chance that people believe they have to outlive their savings: 45

Source: Northwestern Mutual.

Percentage of all employees who said their biggest distraction is a co-worker talking loudly on the phone, according to a survey by Poly: 76

Percentage who are frustrated, at least occasionally, due to distractions during a phone or video call: 93

Percentage of Gen Z respondents who spend at least half their day on a telephone, video or multi-party call, while only 7 percent of baby boomers do the same: 20

Source: Poly.

Percentage of managers who would consider a long period of consistent work as comparable to full time when evaluating applicants, according to an industry-wide survey by Accountemps: 71

Source: Accountemps.

Percentage of Americans who have argued about the need to declutter and get rid of things, according to the results of a survey by TaskRabbit, conducted in partnership with Wakefield Research: 41

Rank of cleaning the bathroom on the list of the most despised of all chores: 1

When it comes to tackling life's more mundane tasks, percentage who believe that they're more likely to complete a marathon than to successfully assemble a piece of furniture by themselves: 27

Source: TaskRabbit.

Percentage of consumers who will contact a company to give it the chance to resolve an issue, according to a study conducted by Oracle in partnership with Jeanne Bliss: 35

When asked to equate contacting customer service to another experience, percentage of consumers who said it was like going to the dentist: 18

Percentage who said it was like stubbing your toe: 13

Source: Oracle.

Ranks of investment properties (39%), vacation homes (36%) and rental properties (26%) on the list of the most popular reasons for buying additional homes, according to Lending Tree's latest survey: 1, 2, 3

Source: Lending Tree.

Percentage of Americans with good credit (credit score of 660-plus) who believe taking on debt purposefully can help them accomplish their goals, according to a survey by LightStream, a division of SunTrust Bank: 79

Percentage who are currently carrying debt that is not associated with auto, mortgage, business or student loans, averaging $19,833: 28

Ranks of orthodontics/elective medical procedures/fertility treatments, care for aging family members, a wedding or a divorce, on the list of common reasons to take on debt: 1, 2, 3, 4

Source: SunTrust Bank Inc.

Percentage of renters who said they will avoid or put off conversations with apartment managers about a variety of issues and will try to fix the problem themselves before calling management, according to a survey by ButterflyMX and Entrata: 100

Percentage who said they wouldn't report the problem at all: 28

Percentage who said they'd eventually report it, but delay it for a week or more: 21

Source: ButterflyMX.

Idle Thought

"A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury." -- John Stuart Mill, philosopher and economist

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