Figuratively Speaking For March 22, 2019

Percentage of U.S. adults between ages 50 and 64 who have used a cannabis-based product, according to a poll by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health conducted in 2015 and 2016: 9

Percentage of those over 65 who were prescribed cannabis as a treatment by their doctors in 2016: 25

According to data compiled by Credence Research, value of the global medical marijuana market in 2017: $13.90 billion

Projected value by 2026: $57.58 billion

Source: FinancialBuzz.com.

Percentage of Americans who would rather wait in line at the DMV than argue with a spouse about cleaning, according to the results of the Spring Cleaning and Recommerce survey by OfferUp: 32

Percentage who would rather spend time with their in-laws than have an argument about decluttering: 25

Source: OfferUp.

Ranks of Mardi Gras, New Year's Eve, Saint Patrick's Day and the Fourth of July on the list of the booziest holidays, according to a survey by alcohol.org: 1, 2, 3, 4

Percentage of men who say they binge drink on Saint Patrick's Day: 32

Percentage of women who say the same: 21

Source: American Addiction Centers.

Percentage of travelers who stated they have trouble sleeping when traveling away from home, according to a global study commissioned by IHG Hotels and Resorts: 79

Average amount of sleep a business traveler loses each night when staying away from home, averaging just 5 hours and 17 minutes of sleep: 58 minutes

To aid sleep, percentage who reported listening to music: 47

Percentage who watched TV: 45

Source: IHG Hotels and Resorts.

Number of people who planned to place bets on the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, according to a survey released by the American Gaming Association (AGA): 47 million

Amount that Americans plan to wager on this year's NCAA men's basketball tournament, with 1-in-5 adults placing a bet: $8.5 billion

During this year's tournament, percentage more than was bet on the Super Bowl that sports fans are expected to wager on March Madness: 40

Source: American Gaming Association.

Percentage of U.S. managers who say that in the workplace robots perform "higher quality work" than humans, according to a national study from edtech firm MindEdge/Skye Learning: 58

Percentage who expect that automation will lead to more job losses in the next five years: 49

Source: MindEdge.

Percentage of job candidates that senior managers report have been removed from consideration for a position with their company after checking references, according to a survey by Accountemps: 34

When speaking to an applicant's job references, percentage of managers who said it was most important to get an insight into the applicant's strengths and weaknesses: 38

Source: Accountemps.

Percentage of firms that indicate labor shortage is causing them to ask skilled workers to do more work, according to results from the Q1 2019 USG Corporation and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index: 81

Percentage of firms that struggle to meet deadlines: 70

Percentage of firms that reject new projects: 40

Source: U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Percentage of working Americans who report they aren't saving any money at all, according to a survey by Bankrate.com: 21

Percentage who are saving the minimum 15 percent of their income that most experts recommend: 17

Percentage of working Americans who say their biggest reason for not saving more money was that they simply "haven't gotten around to it": 16

Source: Bankrate.com.

At the 53rd Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, percentage of respondents to a survey by TD Wealth who identified family conflict as the leading threat to estate planning in 2019: 46

Ranks of market volatility (24 percent) and tax reform (14 percent) on the list of threats: 2, 3

Source: TD Bank.

Idle Thought

"A hungry man is not a free man." -- Adlai Stevenson, statesman

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

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