Half of All Renters Spend More Than 30 Percent of Income on Housing

30 percent is a popular number in this domain – most financial advisors quote that as a golden rule – “Spend no more than 30 percent of your income on rent” – we spotted this stat today, that rising rental costs have ensured that many, many people no longer follow that rule – in fact, more than half of all renters in the US now spend more than 30 percent of their income on rent (Source).

Los Angeles takes the cake – renters spend 46.9 percent of their income on rent in LA. WOW.

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72% Of Greeks Need More Work To Make Ends Meet

We spotted a rather disturbing stat today, that things are not looking good for Greece as a country – some 72% Of Greeks Need More Work To Make Ends Meet (Source) – that puts the whole Greek recovery story in great trouble.

The numbers are based on part time Greek workers wanting to work more, but is definitely reflective of the sad reality of unemployment and underemployment in Greece.

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Twitter Stats: 44% of Twitter Accounts Have Never Sent a Tweet

Twitter has always had this issue of folks signing up but not using the product for quite some time now. We had spotted some very disturbing stats around this some time back – we spotted this stat today, that 44 percent of Twitter users have never sent a tweet (Source)

Tweets have also been tricky to monetize – Read Zero Percent: Twitter’s Referral Contribution To Black Friday Sales. Challenging times, these.

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Bitcoin: The Worst Investment In The World This Year

Well with a title like that, it is impossible not to spot this stat – we spotted this stat today, that in 2014 so far, BTC is down 38.3 percent against USD, and is probably the worst investment this year so far (Source) For instance, the FTSE 100 is only down 2.2 percent.

Our guess is that Mt. Gox has played a huge role in this confidence drop. After all, for quite some time, it was impossible to read anything on Bitcoin without a reference to Mt. Gox.

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Facebook Surprise: Companies’ Posts Now Reach Only 6% of Followers

This has always puzzled us – the way Facebook controls who sees what is shared on a Page on Facebook, in spite of the fact that the Company spent money to get fans to like the page in the first place. The reach percentage has been dropping heavily, and now, only 6 in 100 fans see updates from pages they liked (Source)

So don’t say ‘Like Us on Facebook’. It doesn’t matter that much any more.

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755: The average FICO score for a conventional mortgage

We spotted this stat today, that the average FICO score for a conventional mortgage in the US is at 755 – and since the average FICO score is 711, a conventional mortgage is still very difficult for people to get. (Source)

Which, with 2008 fresh in memory, might not be a very bad thing. But it is not too good either – this is a tough balance to achieve and is a critical piece to get right.

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Cloud Computing Statistics: $107 Billion Industry By 2017

We had spotted some interesting cloud statistics some time back – we spotted this interesting stat today, a projection from IDC, that Cloud Computing will be a 107 Billion dollar industry in 3 years (Source)

Cloud computing has always been ‘big’ in our perception. We can now put a number to it.

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Marijuana Statistics: Marijuana Stock Index Up 390% in Two Months

Sometimes we spot a stat, and we wouldnt know how to digest it. We spotted a stat in that category – literally – The Stockerblog.com Marijuana Stock Index, which can be found at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com, shows that marijuana stocks shot up by an incredible 390% for the first two months of the year, versus the S&P 500 (Source via Filll.com)

390 percent in two months. Wow.

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‘Mobile Web’ Is Tiny: 89% of Mobile Media Time Is Spent On Apps

Well this was a surprise for us – we spotted this interesting statistic today, that 89 percent of mobile media time is spent on apps (on the smartphone). For tablets, the number is 81 percent. (Source). So the percentage of people spending time browsing the internet on their mobile devices is actually very small.

Experience explains everything. The mobile web use case would probably cease to exist in 2-3 years. (Whats)Apps are taking over the world for sure.

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Entrepreneurship Statistics: 13 Percent of Americans are Entrepreneurs

We had spotted an interesting stat on the number of startups launched in the US every month – 565,000: Number of Startups Launched Each Month In The US. We spotted another number that is closely related to that today – nearly 13 percent of the U.S. adult population is engaged in entrepreneurship, with the vast majority starting businesses to pursue an opportunity rather than out of necessity (Source)

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