In fact.

Author:Kador, John
Position:CEO CHRONICLES
 
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Information begins with facts, which can be assembled to identify trends. Put it all together to derive knowledge. Presenting Chief Executive's INfact.

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(1.) Total value of the 392 retention bonuses paid to employees of AIG Financial Products between December and March 15 | $218 million

(2.) Median bonus | $248,750

(3.) Number of employees receiving less than $200,000 | 19

(4.) Total value of employee bonuses awarded by Wal-Mart in 2008 | $933.6 million

(5.) Average bonus | $933.60

(6.) Cash award paid by American Express to some consumers as an inducement to close their credit card accounts | $300

(7.) Number of days a week that the Detroit Free Press will Offer home delivery of the newspaper starting March 30 | 14

(8.) Average time, in months, after the beginning of severe economic downturn that economic growth resumes | 24

(9.) Average time, in months, that unemployment recovers to pre-downturn levels | 60

(10.) Number of months it would take for the Dow Jones Industrial Average to reach its October 2, 2007, high of 14, 165, assuming an average annualized gain of 6 percent | 120

(11.) Estimated amount by which the U.S. GDP increases for each additional dollar of infrastructure spending | $1.59

(12.) Amount of increase for each additional dollar of food stamps | $1.73

(13.) For each additional dollar of tax cuts | $1.03

(14.) Number of densely packed PowerPoint slides that G.E. Capital president Michael A. Neal went through in a five-hour presentation in March 2009 | 170

(15.) Amount U.S. drug companies spent on R&D in 2008 | $128 billion

(16.) Number of new drugs approved by the FDA in 2008 | 8

(17.) Purchase price that the celebrated but bankrupt West Virginia Greenbriar Resort was willing to be acquired for by Marriott International | $130 million

(18.) Chance of a tax audit for taxpayers with incomes above $1 million in fiscal 2008 | 1 in 18

(19.) Audit rate in 2007 | 1 in 16

(20.) Average amount of additional taxes demanded by the IRS after a face-to-face audit | $198,000

(21.) Change in real estate prices in 20 metropolitan areas in January 2009 compared to a year earlier, according to Standard & Poor's Case-Shiller Home Price Index | - 19%

(22.) Number of cities that showed record annual rates of decline | 13

(23.) Number that showed month-to-month improvements | 0

(24.) Rank of U.S. on the Top Ten list of "innovation-friendly" nations | 7

(25.) Rank of Singapore, South Korea and Switzerland, respectively | 1...

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