Registered Rep. Readers Are Awash In Numbers

Smart decisions are based on more than government statistics, agency reports, news releases, interest rates and stock quotes. We've selected a few fascinating statistics below that illuminate the markets, the world of financial services and big business. Percent of 750 corporate directors who think CEO succession is to effective board governance: 62 Percent of directors who think that they are highly

Smart decisions are based on more than government statistics, agency reports, news releases, interest rates and stock quotes. We've selected a few fascinating statistics below that illuminate the markets, the world of financial services and big business.

  1. Percent of 750 corporate directors who think CEO succession is “critical” to effective board governance: 62

  2. Percent of directors who think that they are “highly effective” at handling the CEO succession issue: 16

  3. The three American cities with the most home-based workers: San Francisco (6.3 percent), Portland, Ore., (5.3 percent) and Seattle (5.1 percent)

  4. Percentage of workers who are home-based nationwide: 3.6

  5. Nation named by International Living magazine as the best place to retire outside the U.S, replacing Panama, which held the top spot for six years: Mexico

  6. Current value of Iraqi dollar-denominated bonds with a face value of $100, interest of 2.9 percent and a maturation date of 2028: $60

  7. Implied default risk over the life of the bond: 80 percent

  8. Percentage of office workers who throw away holiday gifts received from co-workers: 31

  9. Temperature in Las Vegas on July 5, 2007: 116 F

  10. Percentage of corporate 401(k) plans using auto-enrollment in 2007: 24 percent

  11. Estimate of assets that new auto-enrollment regulations will add to 401(k) accounts by 2034: $134 billion

  12. Return on investment for the $827 million endowment of Bowdoin College, a 1,700-student college in Brunswick, Maine, in the fiscal year ending in June 2007: 24 percent

  13. Return on Harvard's $34.9-billion endowment: 23 percent

  14. Price paid at Christie's auction for Matisse's 1937 canvas, “L'Odalisque, Harmonie Blueue”: $33.6 million

  15. Amount consumers paid for brain-exercise products in 2007: $80 million

  16. Total value of income-tax refund checks issued in 2006 that were not cashed because taxpayers moved and left no forwarding address: $110 million

  17. Fine Visa agreed to pay rival American Express to settle a 3-year old antitrust suit alleging that the Visa Association prevented banks from using AmEx products: $2.25 billion

  18. Amount the average U.S. worker contributes to the nation's GDP: $63,885

  19. Rank of U.S. workers in productivity relative to the workers of other nations: First

  20. Average number of hours worked in a year by the typical U.S. employee: 1,804

  21. Hours worked by typical employee in France: 1,564

  22. Estimated assets held by Americans 65 and older: $15 trillion

  23. Percent of Americans 65 and older who say they don't have enough money to meet their basic living expenses: 30

  24. Frequent-flyer miles awarded by U.S. airlines in the past 25 years: 19 trillion

  25. Miles that passengers have yet to redeem: 14 trillion

Sources:

1-2, National Association of Corporate Directors; 3-4, U.S. Census; 5, International Living magazine; 6-7, Prof. Michael Greenstone, MIT; 8, Time Inc; 9, Associated Press; 10, Profit Sharing/401k Council of America; 11, US Labor Department; 12-14, NY Times; 15, Nature Neuroscience; 16, IRS; 21, USA Today; 17, FTC; 18-19, International Labor Organization; 20-23, Time; 24-25, Federal Aviation Association

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