Amount of money consumers racked up in credit card debt during 2021, according to research from WalletHub: $87.3 billion
Rise in credit card debt during Q4 of 2021 -- the largest increase ever: $74.1 billion
Average household credit card balance at the end of 2021: $8,590
Average annual increase in credit card debt over the past 10 years: $48.5 billion
Percentage of office workers who say most meetings for work could easily be addressed in an email or via a collaborative tool instead, according to a survey conducted on behalf of Fusion Connect: 74
Percentage of office workers who use at least two communication channels for work, with 18% saying they use five or more: 84
Percentage of hybrid office workers who say they regularly work from home: 88
Source: Fusion Connect.
Percentage of teens who think that national governments (such as the U.S., China and the EU) have the most influence on the global economy, followed closely by "mega-rich" individuals (20%) and large corporations (19%), according to research for Junior Achievement conducted by ENGINE Insights: 27
Ranks of stocks, crypto and real estate on the list of where teens would choose to invest if they had the money to do so: 1, 2, 3
Source: Junior Achievement.
Percentage of workers who expect to be commuting in the spring of 2022, rising to 84% by summer 2022, according to a research report from the Out of Home Advertising Association of America, conducted in partnership with The Harris Poll: 80
Percentage who anticipate going to the office five days a week: 64
Percentage of the public who feel safe flying -- up from 59% in April 2021: 69
Source: The Harris Poll.
With home prices at record highs and inventory at record lows, percentage of non-homeowners who say the affordability factor is holding them back from owning a home, according to a Bankrate.com report: 64
Percentage who say their income levels are not high enough: 43
Percentage who can't afford a down payment and/or closing costs: 36
Percentage of college-bound families who plan to borrow to fund their children's education, though many are unclear on what types of aid must be paid back, according to the Sallie Mae College Confidence survey conducted by Ipsos: 47
Percentage of families who correctly identified direct subsidized loans as funds that need to be repaid: 47
Percentage of U.S. retailers that have fewer than 50 employees, according to the Merchants Payments Coalition: 98
Percentage of U.S. small businesses that are minority-owned: 18
Source: Merchants Payments Coalition.
Percentage of Americans who say the top barrier preventing them from seeking financial advice from a registered financial adviser when they want or need it is the belief that they don't think they have enough money to hire one, according to a survey by intelliflo: 35
Percentage of Americans who say a personalized financial plan based on their goals would be an extremely or very important factor if they were considering a financial adviser: 68
Percentage of recent smart home adopters who cite "peace of mind" as a top benefit influencing their purchase, according to research by Parks Associates: 31
Percentage of home security system owners who want to extend their system to protect their yard and outdoor items: 23
Percentage who are interested in vehicle monitoring as an add-on for home security systems: 69
Source: Parks Associates.
According to a nationwide survey from BestColleges.com, percentage of parents or guardians of at least one child under the age of 18 who have prevented or postponed career-related activities due to a lack of accessible child care: 56
Percentage who agree that parents without adequate child care access are at a disadvantage when it comes to employment and career advancement: 59
"That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way." -- Doris Lessing, novelist, poet, playwright, Nobel laureate (1919-2013)