LIVE LONG AND PROSPER
Fewer Americans are dying! At least preliminary figures from the
National Center for Health Statistics seem to indicate that.
In late April, it was reported that in 2004 there were 50,000 fewer
deaths in the United States, a two percent decrease. A decline that
steep hadn't been reported since 1938 and came as a surprise because
generally the U.S. population has been growing, aging and getter
The center says drops in the death rates for heart disease, cancer
and stroke accounted for most of the decline.
YOUTHS SHORTCHANGED ON FINANCIAL LITERACY
The next generation-often referred to as the Me Generation-doesn't
seem to know much about money, except maybe how to spend it.
Only 52 percent of high school seniors correctly answered questions
about personal finance and economics, according to a nationwide
survey released last month by the U.S. Federal Reserve.
* 14 percent correctly said that stocks likely would offer the higher
growth over 18 years of saving for a child's education.
* 45 percent thought U.S. savings bonds would offer the highest
* 22 percent knew that income tax might be charged on the interest
earned from a savings account at a bank if a person's income was
* Nearly 38 percent correctly said that retirement income paid by
company is called a pension, but close to 59 percent thought it
called Social Security or a 401(k).
YOU CAN TAKE THIS JOB AND ... KEEP
As an employee it's tempting to want to take over the company and
show how things should be run-or is it?
It turns out even the most vocal critics of a boss' performance
aren't enthusiastic about trading places, reports Ajilon Professional
Staffing, Saddle Brook, NJ.
* 54 percent of more than 600 workers surveyed said, "You could
neverpay me enough to take my boss' job."
* That feeling was stronger among women (68 percent) than men (42
* 21 percent of workers actually pitied their bosses.
* Only eight percent said they envied them