Mark Zinder

Mark Zinder

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Talking Points: December 16, 2019

December 16, 2019

For 36 years, PNC has calculated the prices of the twelve gifts from the classic carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” The result is the PNC Christmas Price Index. This year’s increase is 0.2%  higher than 2018 and 95% higher than the first index which was calculated in 1984.  The cumulative cost of all the gifts when you count each repetition in the songs 364 gifts, is $170,298.03.  PNC Financial Services, December, 2019

Each year humanity produces 1,000 times more transistors than grains of rice and wheat combined. Collectively, all those transistors consume more electricity than the state of California. Real Clear Energy, December 11, 2018

Margin debt is at its lowest share of U.S. market capitalization since June of 2005. MarketWatch, December 7, 2019

The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that 14,700 people visit hospital emergency rooms each November and December from holiday-related decorating accidents.  Good Housekeeping, Sept 27, 2019

There are now more dollar stores in the U.S. than Starbucks and McDonalds combined. WNYC Public Radio, December 11, 2019

Drunk shopping is an estimated $45 billion per year industry, and only 6% of people regret their drunk purchases., March 24, 2019

“When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it happened or not.” Mark Twain

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