Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For February 26, 2021

Percentage of global GDP that money launderers move (accounting for at least $1.6 trillion), according to The Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency Coalition: 2.7

Dollar value of private wealth held in secret jurisdictions and tax havens, and representing 10% of global GDP: $7 trillion

In addition to this, amount that governments lose annually as a result of companies' profit-shifting plans: $500 to $650 billion

Source: The Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency Coalition.

Percentage of American women, ages 18 and older, who believe men have it easier in this country these days, according to a National Geographic/Ipsos poll: 53

Percentage who believe women have it easier: 6

Rank of balancing family and career on the list of the biggest problems facing women today: 1

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.

Chance that American families have student loan debt, with more than 40% of families with heads aged younger than 35 years old having student loan debt in 2019, according to the Employee Benefits Research Institute: 1 in 5

Source: EBRI.

Percentage of workers who said they prefer that their employer require employees to be vaccinated before returning to the office, according to a survey by CHG Healthcare: 44

Though many workers want to remain remote, despite the availability of a vaccine, percentage who plan to adopt a hybrid at-home/in-office work schedule: 50 plus

Source: CHG Healthcare.

Percentage of American shoppers who think "normal" is more than a year away, according to pandemic research by Acosta: 35

Percentage of shoppers who reported cooking more at home: 65

Percentage who reported spending less time in stores: 53

Percentage who reported spending more money per shopping trip: 48

Ranks of product availability (60%), low prices (52%) and customer safety (42%) on the list of top post-pandemic priorities for shoppers: 1, 2, 3

Source: Acosta.

Percentage of American consumers surveyed by Packaged Facts who agree that they are planting a food garden this year because of the pandemic: 26

Source: Packaged Facts.

Percentage of companies that are allowing workers to make a permanent move, according to Robert Half research: 38

Percentage of workers who cited change of scenery as a motivation to move: 37

Percentage who said lower cost of living: 22

Source: Robert Half Finance and Accounting.

Number of Americans (almost 1 in 5 adults) who think they will miss at least one credit card due date in 2021, according to a new WalletHub credit cards survey: 47 million

Amount the average American household already owes to credit card companies: $7,800

Percentage more Americans who have tried to get a credit card late fee waived compared to the past year: 16

Source: WalletHub.

Percentage of reporters and editors who said social media sources were slightly less or much less reliable than traditional media, with 49% saying social media suffers from lack of fact-checking, verification and reporting standards, according to a survey conducted by Cision and Don Bates of the George Washington University Masters Degree Program in Strategic Public Relations: 84

Percentage of editors and reporters who said they depend on PR professionals for interviews and access to sources and experts: 44

Source: Cision.

Percentage of consumers in U.S. broadband households who want a telehealth service that uses data from connected health devices, according to Parks Associates research: 52

Among those who have experienced COVID-19 symptoms, percentage who find such an approach appealing: 71

Source: Parks Associates.

Idle Thought

"Everybody needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door." -- Saul Bellow, writer, Nobel laureate (1915-2005)

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