Mark Zinder

Mark Zinder

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

Talking Points: November 29, 2021

With a diameter of 9 inches, a count of 7,680 calories, and a price of $45,  the 3.25 pound Reese’s solid peanut butter and chocolate Thanksgiving Pie sold out within hours of going on sale. Business Insider, November 16, 2021

The tight labor market and concern of Covid Risk have created a shortage of Santas, leaving many organizations that run holiday events scrambling to find bearded men in red suits. Working Santas are raising their rates as high as $200 an hour. The Wall Street Journal, November 9, 2021

“I am suspicious of all the things that the average people believe.” H.L. Mencken

Meetings now occupy more than half the workweek, with the average professional spending 21.5 hours a week on them. Before the pandemic, that number was just 14.2 hours a week. Fortune, November 24, 2021

Sales of pregnancy tests are up 13% year-over-year since June 2020. The average annual increase between 2016 and 2019 was 2%. Poynter, November 11, 2021

S&P 500 companies are on track to grow profits by 41.5% year over year. Kiplinger, November 24, 2021

The varsity football team at the California School of the Deaf was once considered an easy win for the opponents. Now, after seven straight losing seasons, the cubs are not only beating their opponents: They’re trouncing them.  On Friday, Nov 12th, in the second round of the playoffs, the Cubs beat the Desert Christian Knights, 84-12, a score that would have been even more lopsided had the Cubs not shown mercy by putting their second-string players in for the entire second half. The Cubs confound opponents with a rapid, efficient no-huddle offense, using hand signals between plays to turn what might be thought as a deficit into an advantage. The New York Times, November 15, 2021

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