Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For March 06, 2020

Percentage of Americans who are dreading filing their taxes, according to a study by LendingTree: 54

Percentage who don't want to spend the time filing: 22

Percentage who expect a tax refund this year (with 18% expecting a $2,000-plus check from the IRS): 58

Source: LendingTree.

When it comes to considering the financial value of a college education, percentage of U.S. graduates who believe their bachelor's degree to be a "good financial investment," according to a report from BestColleges: 82

Percentage of degree holders who would go back and change their undergraduate major if they could: 61

Source: BestColleges.

Percentage of millennials and Gen Zers who have had or are currently dealing with credit card debt due to fitness-related expenses, according to a survey from CompareCards: 40

Percentage of Gen Zers (43%) and millennials (38%) who say they are willing to spend more than they can afford on fitness and nutrition so long as they get healthier: 40

Source: CompareCards.

Percentage increase in the number of Americans packing their bags for stateside spring break trips over the past year, according to an Allianz Global Assistance survey: 24

Percentage increase in international getaways: 18

Ranks of Cancun, Mexico, San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on the list of the most popular international destinations among Americans: 1, 2, 3

Ranks of Orlando, Phoenix and Las Vegas on the list of the top domestic destinations: 1, 2, 3

Source: Allianz Global Assistance.

Percentage of beer-drinking Americans who said they would not buy Corona under any circumstances now, according to a survey by 5W Public Relations, which followed a consistent uptick in internet searches for "corona beer virus" and "beer coronavirus" over the past few weeks, as reported by trends data provider SEMrush: 38

Among those who said they usually drink Corona, percentage who said they would stop drinking Corona: 4

Percentage who said they wouldn't order Corona in a public venue: 14

Percentage of Americans who reported being confused about whether Corona beer is related to the coronavirus: 16

Source: 5W Public Relations.

Percentage of Americans who have more emergency savings than credit card debt, according to a new survey from Bankrate.com: 49

Percentage who have more credit card debt than emergency savings: 28

Percentage who say building savings is more important than tackling debt: 45

Percentage who say paying down debt is a higher priority than boosting emergency savings: 38

Source: Bankrate.com.

Percentage of homeowners who plan to renovate, according to a LightStream Home Improvement Trends survey: 77

Percentage of millennial homeowners who plan improvements this year: 92

Average amount U.S. homeowners plan to spend on renovations: $11,473

Average amount millennial homeowners plan to spend -- more than any other generation: $13,838

Source: LightStream, a division of Truist Bank.

Percentage of Americans who are embracing the notion of solo travel, compared to an average of 9% elsewhere in the world, according to solo travel research gathered by travel company eDreams: 24

Of the U.S. travelers who prefer to go it alone, percentage who believe that 25 to 34 is the best age to go solo, compared to just 6% of those 55 and older: 27

Source: eDreams.

Percentage of homebuyers and sellers who said that an increase in the frequency or intensity of natural disasters at least somewhat factors into their decision about whether and where to buy or sell a home, according to a report from Redfin: 73

Percentage who said it doesn't impact their decision-making process at all: 10

Source: Redfin.

Percentage of Americans who are concerned about the impact of the coronavirus on the United States, according to Ipsos: 74

Percentage who are concerned about the impact on the markets: 61

Percentage who are concerned about the impact on them personally: 57

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Idle Thought

"If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to." -- Dorothy Parker, writer (1893-1967)

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