The national health insurance brokerage market is worth $18 billion.
The Mercator Advisory Group estimated that the volume of transactions on general-purpose prepaid cards totaled more than $4 bln in 2008. It forecasts an increase to $7.2 bln in 2009 and $10.8 bln in 2010.
US noncash person-to-person market in 2008 was $1.1 trln in over 3 bln transactions. Checks are in decline, but they remain the most significant person-to-person payment method, amounting to over $1 trln of the noncash P2P payments volume. In 2008, checks represented over $1.013 trln of the noncash P2P payments in the United States and cost financial institutions what TowerGroup estimates as $255 mln to process.
Europe as a region has the highest adoption of mobile services at 121% penetration and this is expected to rise to 135% by 2012. At these high penetrations, overall service revenue growth through the handset is expected to decline. However, ARPU is expected to continue growing among business users. In a new market data product from ABI Research, overall business revenue is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 4%, a significant statistic considering that ARPU from consumer mobile services will stay flat at a CAGR of 0.1%.
|Rank||Title||Distributor||Total US$||Open Date|
|1||THE DARK KNIGHT||Warner Bros.||530,540,885||07/18/2008|
|3||INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL||Paramount||317,023,851||05/22/2008|
|6||KUNG FU PANDA||Paramount||215,434,591||06/06/2008|
|7||MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA||Paramount||165,653,852||11/07/2008|
|8||DR. SEUSS’ HORTON HEARS A WHO||Fox||154,529,439||03/14/2008|
|9||SEX AND THE CITY||Warner Bros.||152,647,258||05/30/2008|
|10||QUANTUM OF SOLACE||Sony||151,620,134||11/14/2008|
77% of Americans believe that the US media is making the economic situation worse by projecting fear into people’s minds. Here are highlights of note:
- Household Income $25k – $35k – 79% answered YES
- Household Income $35k – $50k – 88% answered YES
- Household Income $50k – $75k – 76% answered YES
- Household Income $75k – more – 78% answered YES
- 85% of young adults (18-24 yrs old) answered YES
- 77% of males and females alike answered YES
- 65% of blacks answered YES
According to Berg Insight, the number of fleet management systems deployed in commercial fleets in Europe was 1.3 mln in Q4 2008, an increase of 23.8% YTY. Growth is expected to continue in 2009 but the annual growth rate is projected to decrease to 15.4%.
More than 7% of 401(k) assets at year-end 2007 were invested in lifecycle funds and one-quarter of 401(k) participants held lifecycle funds, according to Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) and the Investment Company Institute (ICI).
About a third of young adults 20-26 and 20% of teens say they’ve sent or posted naked or semi-naked photos or videos of themselves, National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. A third of teen boys and 40% of young men say they’ve seen nude or semi-nude images sent to someone else; about a quarter of teen girls and young adult women have. 39% of teens and 59% of those ages 20-26 say they’ve sent suggestive text messages.73% said they knew sending sexually suggestive content “can have serious negative consequences,” yet 22% said it’s “no big deal.”
NanoMarkets projects that after a few lean years in 2009 and 2010 for the TFPV business higher growth rates will return in 2011. The firm’s analysis projects revenues of $4.6 bln in 2011 that will grow to just over $14 bln in 2015.