Mark Zinder

Mark Zinder

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

Talking Points: March 22,2021

In 2019, athletic departments across all three NCAA divisions generated $10.6 billion in revenue but spent more than $18.9 billion. The two biggest costs were financial aid for athletes ($3.6 billion) and coaches’ compensation ($3.7 billion). The Wall Street Journal, March 12, 2021

In 2020, prices for single-family homes spiked 9.4% – their best performance in over a decade. Today, based on average family income, the cost of a new home is still 3% to 4% below the affordability line. Fortune, February 10, 2021

New research shows that consumers are saving more than they have in decades, as well as repaying a record $83 billion in credit card debt in 2020. CNBC, March 8, 2021

Giving diners a single mint at the end of a meal increased tips by around 3%. If two mints were provided, tips increased by 14%. More interestingly, if the waiter provided one mint, started to walk away from the table, but paused, turned back, and said, “For you nice people, here’s an extra mint”, tips increased by 23%, influenced not by what was given but how it was given. Influence At Work

In 2020, the average driver spent 26 hours stuck in traffic, down from an average of 99 hours in 2019. arsTechnica, March 9, 2021

From Jan 2, 1969 – Dec 31, 2019, 7 of the best 10 days in the market happened within 2 weeks of the 10 worst days. In fact, the best day in 2011 was only one day after the worst day. J.P. Morgan, May 6, 2020

A study in New Jersey has found that the most popular type of business in that state is golf equipment stores. However, most customers come in and say, “I need a blunt object and a bag about as big as a guy.” Seth Myers

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