Talking Points: Retail, Banks, Bitcoin

 Retail, Banks, Bitcoin

The National Retail Federation said holiday sales in 2017 reached nearly $692 billion. About $90 billion, or 13%, is expected to be returned through the end of February, 2018. WSJ.com, February 6, 2018

In the 12 months ended June 2017, banks shut 1,700 branches, the fastest decline on record. PYMNTS.com, February 6, 2018

The average person walks the equivalent of three times around the earth, grows 590 miles of hair and eats 35 tons of food in a lifetime. Numberland: The Wold in Numbers

Only 28% of people with $1 million to $5 million in assets consider themselves wealthy. Supermoney.com December 4, 2017

We have seen the fewest cases of polio ever- in 1988, there were, on average, 20 cases every half-hour. In 2017 there were fewer than 20 all year. CNBC, December 14, 2017

Creating, or mining, a single unit of the digital currency Bitcoin requires at least as much electricity as an average American home consumes in two years. The New York Times, January 21, 2018

“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree long time ago.” Warren Buffett

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