Mark Zinder

Mark Zinder

Leading financial expert, trend forecaster, and seasoned keynote speaker.

Talking Points: April 12, 2021

In March, factory activity in the U.S. hit its highest level in 37 years, but it would have been higher had there been enough qualified workers to help production lines. Additionally, Delta Airlines was forced to cancel almost 100 flights over Easter weekend due to a pilot shortage. Morning Brew, April 7, 2021

Forty-two percent of Americans gained weight while stuck at home during the pandemic. On average, people gained 29 pounds, while Millennials reported the highest average weight gain at 41 pounds. CBS News, March 23, 2021

“The food you eat can either be the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” Ann Wigmore

The CDC reported that just one child in the U.S. has died due to flu this season, compared with 195 U.S. children who died in total during the 2019-2020 flu season. There’s also been a significant decline in influenza deaths among U.S. adults, with about 450 flu-related deaths so far this year. Roughly 22,000 people died during the 2019-2020 flu season.  The Hill, March 5, 2021

It is often said that the more education you have, the more likely you are to have a job. However, in last month’s U.S. labor report, 74.6% of men 25 and older with only a bachelor’s degree were employed compared to 72.7% of men with advanced degrees. Notably, men with advanced degrees earned a median of $136,000 a year, far more than the $71,000 in earnings of men with only a bachelor’s degree. Bloomberg, March 15, 2021

On average, one new billionaire was added every 17 hours on the Forbes World Billionaires list, for a total of 493 first-time names on the list, and 86% of the world’s billionaires were richer than they were a year ago. Axios, April 6, 2021

“We never know what is enough until we know what’s more than enough.” Billie Holiday

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