Mark Zinder

Mark Zinder

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

Talking Points: May 17, 2021

According to data that dates back to 1994, almost 87% of the S&P 500 companies that reported first quarter earnings results have beaten Wall Street forecasts by an average of 23.5% – the largest gap on record. yahoo!money, April 30, 2021

The average ransomware payment in the third quarter of 2020 was $233,817, up 31% compared to the previous quarter. There were roughly 2,500 reports of ransomware attacks to the FBI last year, up 66%. At least $350 million in cryptocurrencies has been paid to criminals. -Investopedia, May 15, 2021

It took Amazon 13 years to deliver a 10,000% return to investors. It took Dogecoin five months. yahoo!finance, May 4, 2021

“The closer to the top, the sillier the market behaves.” Benjamin Graham

From February to March of this year, household income rose 21.2% – the largest amount since 1959. The U.S. savings rate of 27.6% was the second-highest on record, bringing personal savings to $6 trillion, up by nearly $5 trillion from February 2020. The Wall Street Journal, April 30, 2021

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons said in 2020, there was a 22% increase in butt implants, perhaps because a lot of sitting leads to “general flattening.” Instinct, May 9, 2021

As a mass, Brood X cicadas emerge in such numbers that as many as 1.5 million can be found in a single acre. To attract mates, male cicadas produce sound via the tymbals on either side of their abdomens. When they all sing at once they can get to 110 decibels- roughly the same decibel level as a Metallica concert. Axios, May 12, 2021

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