Mark Zinder

Mark Zinder

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

Talking Points: May 24, 2021

In the first quarter of 2021, the number of 401(k) and IRA millionaires hit an all-time record high. CNBC, May 20, 2021

Flaring, the burning off of natural gas at oil production sites, declined to 142 billion cubic meters (bcm), compared to 150 bcm in 2019. However, the world still flared enough gas to power sub-Saharan Africa. Axios Generate, April 29, 2021

After the beginning of the pandemic, about 12.6 million U.S. households got a new pet. The largest national provider of veterinarians services, Banfield Pet Hospital, saw a half-million more visits in 2020 than in 2019. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, veterinary positions are projected to grow 16% by 2029, nearly four times the average of most other occupations. KOIN, May 11, 2021

A St. Louis radio DJ, Mason Schreader got a large tattoo on his arm of his station’s call letters, “92.3 WIL.” On an unrelated note, he was fired a week later. Ramp Radio and Music Pros, May 3, 2021

The United Nations estimates there were about 95,000 centenarians – people in their 100s – in 1990. By 2015 there were 450,000 and the number is soaring worldwide as life spans continue to grow. Projections suggest there will be 3.7 million centenarians across the globe in 2050 and 25 million by 2100. The New York Times, April 28, 2021

The English astronomer Edmund Halley prepared the first detailed mortality table in 1693. Life and death could now be studied statistically, and the life insurance industry was born.

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