Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For January 10, 2020

Percentage of holiday shoppers who carry some sort of gift-giving guilt, according to a survey by CompareCards: 47

Percentage who have at least one holiday shopping money regret: 70

Source: CompareCards.

For the second year in a row, rank of "recession" on the list of the top external worries for CEOs and other C-suite executives globally, according to a survey by the Conference Board: 1

Rank of this concern in the U.S. (up from No. 3 in 2019): 1

For CEOs globally, rank of "uncertainty about global trade" on the list of their biggest external worries: 2

Source: The Conference Board.

Percentage of women around the country who say they're throwing conventional thinking out the door by choosing not to make a New Year's resolution, according to a Truvia sweetener survey: 60

Percentage of women who say that finding time to work out is more stressful than actually working out -- sometimes the best wellness hack is looking outside the gym: 65

Source: Truvia.

Percentage of Americans who know their zodiac/horoscope/astrological sign, according to a new Ipsos poll on astrology: 88

Percentage who check their horoscope often: 5

Of those who know their sign, percentage who identify with it: 53

For those that do turn to their horoscope to understand their life, percentage who use it to see what their future will be like: 37

Percentage who use it to evaluate relationship compatibility: 32

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Percentage of rewards credit card holders who say they earn the most rewards on grocery purchases, according to a new CreditCards.com report: 35

Percentage who say travel is their top earning category: 27

Ranks of gas and dining on the list: 3, 4

Source: CreditCards.com.

Rank of "lack of human interaction" on the list of the most cited reasons for discomfort with artificial intelligence, according to SAS: 1

Percentage who were comfortable with companies using AI in business interactions generally: 47

Percentage of those surveyed who were comfortable with AI assisting doctors in the operating room: 47

Source: SAS.

Percentage of U.S. broadband households that plan to buy a smart video doorbell in the next 12 months, according to Parks Associates: 25

Source: Parks Associates.

Ranks of Emma, Olivia, Ava, Isabella, Sophia, Charlotte, Mia, Amelia, Harper and Evelyn on the list of the most popular names for girls, according to Social Security Administration data: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Ranks of: Liam, Noah, William, James, Oliver, Benjamin, Elijah, Lucas, Mason and Logan on the list of the most popular names for boys: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Source: Social Security Administration.

Of those U.S. adults who earn under $30,000 per year and who admit to spending on lottery tickets, alcohol, tobacco and/or gambling, percentage of their annual income spent on lottery tickets, according to a study by Bankrate.com: 13

Percentage spent on tobacco or e-cigarette products: 13

Percentage spent on alcohol: 11

Source: Bankrate.com.

Idle Thought

"I'd like to live as a poor man with lots of money." -- Pablo Picasso

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