Figuratively Speaking For May 24, 2019

Percentage of working American women who are stressed about their personal finances, compared to only 41% of men, according to a study by Salary Finance: 56

On average, percentage less that women are paid annually than men ($58,027 vs. $79,517): 33

Percentage of women who report having less than $500 in their checking/savings accounts, compared to only 18% of men: 41

Source: Salary Finance.

Percentage of families who said that helping children manage feelings of anxiety is just as important as school work, according to a survey by ClassDojo conducted in the U.S., U.K. and Australia: 64

Percentage of teachers who agreed: 63

Percentage of teachers who say their students have experienced anxiety about school life: 92

Source: ClassDojo.

Ranks of flexible schedules (52%) and early departure on Fridays (27%) on employees' list of the best summer perks their companies could provide to them, according to a survey from the staffing firm Accountemps: 1, 2

Percentage of senior managers who said their company offered flexible schedules: 54

Percentage who reported allowing staff to leave early on Fridays: 32

Source: Accountemps.

Percentage of millennials (ages 23 to 38) who say a lucrative sign-up bonus of $500 in cash or $1,200 in travel credit would be the most attractive credit card feature, compared to 22% of those who are older, according to a report: 36

Percentage of those ages 39 and older who would prefer zero-percent-interest offers, either on new purchases or via balance transfers, compared to 6% of millennials: 30


Percentage of Americans who are planning their next vacation, according to U.S. News and World Report: 54

Percentage of respondents who are not planning on paying for their upcoming trip with a credit card: 45

Percentage who do not have a travel credit card: 61

Percentage who would not open a credit card to help pay for a vacation: 70

Source: U.S. News and World Report.

Percentage of older adults who plan to age in their own home, according to research from Home Instead Inc.: 94

Percentage who believe they will stay healthier longer at home: 53

Percentage who would be heartbroken if they could no longer live at home: 54

Source: Home Instead Senior Care.

Percentage of mothers with a tattoo who would choose to remove a bad tattoo over purchasing a similarly priced piece of jewelry, according to results of a survey by Invisible Ink Tattoo Removers: 51

Percentage who have regrets about their tattoos: 21

Percentage who have felt the need to cover or hide them: 2

Source: Invisible Ink Tattoo Removers.

Percentage of consumers who said small businesses provide better customer service than larger businesses, according to the 2019 Cox Business Consumer Pulse on Small Businesses: 53

Percentage of respondents who said they would spend more money at a small business that supported a positive social or environmental cause: 70

Source: Cox Communications.

When people from around the country were asked which parent taught you the most about money and personal finance, the percentage of Americans who selected "mother," according to research by the Population Reference Bureau and funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: 28

Percentage who selected "father": 24

Percentage who answered neither: 48

Source: National Financial Educators Council.

Idle Thought

"Angry people are not always wise." -- Jane Austen, "Pride and Prejudice"

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