Mark Zinder

Mark Zinder

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

Talking Points: April 5,2021

U.S. producers made 3.4% more cardboard in 2020 than the previous year due to higher demand for shipping boxes. That might not sound like a lot, but that increase is equivalent to 477 square miles of corrugated board, enough to cover the five boroughs of New York City with room to spare. Morning Brew, March 31, 2021

Gonzaga University, the first undefeated national champion since Indiana in 1976, is named after Aloysius Gonzaga, the patron saint of youth, and also, the patron saint of the victims of plagues. This makes him a suitable saint for March Madness every year, though never more than the one now upon us.  He died of the plague himself 430 years ago when he was 23 years old. A statue of him at a parish church adjacent to the campus, depicts him carrying a man diminished by disease, head resting on the saint’s shoulder, commemorating Gonzaga’s time in plague-swept Rome in the late 16th century, when he would seek sufferers in the streets, carry them to the hospitals, wash their wounds and nourish their souls. USA Today, March 8, 2021

Since mid-February, the average retail investor has underperformed the S&P 500 by 11%. Investopedia Sunday, March 26, 2021

“You don’t buy life insurance because you are going to die, but because those you love are going to live.” Anonymous

The cost of housing in America has skyrocketed. The median U.S. home in 1953 cost $18,080, or about $177,000 in today’s inflation-adjusted dollars. Today the median home price is $301,000. The Week, March 21, 2021

The bald eagle, the national symbol that once teetered on the brink of extinction, has flourished in recent years. Their numbers have quadrupled since 2009. Today, there are an estimated 316,700 bald eagles soaring high above the lower 48 states. NBC News, March 25, 2021

“A recent study has shown that women who carry a little extra weight live longer than the men who mention it.” Anonymous

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