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Blog Profile / The Numbers Guy

Filed Under:Academics / Mathematics
Posts on Regator:539
Posts / Week:1.7
Archived Since:December 12, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Number of the Day: 123

The national average price of a gallon of regular gasoline is a half-cent higher today than yesterday. That ends a record streak of 123 consecutive declines.

Number of the Day: 1,000

Duke University men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski scored his 1,000th career victory Sunday. That's no small feat.

Behind the Benchmarks: A Look at Some Crude History

Crude oil was once traded with no public point of reference. Now oil benchmarks such as West Texas Intermediate and Brent are readily available. And they're telling different stories.

Number of the Day: ’529?

The hubbub over whether to begin taxing '529' college-savings accounts raises a question of how to define the middle class

Reader Mailbag: Second-Guessing on Leap Seconds

Numbers readers took some issue with the notion that, if left unadjusted over a few centuries, the disparity between atomic clocks and time based on the rotation of the Earth would gradually increase after a few centuries to a full hour. Show More Summary

Number of the Day: $2

Only weeks after the $3 threshold was snagging headlines, $2 is now in the offing. There are upsides and downsides, but right now the math favors the upside.

Numbers of the Day: €50 Billion

The ECB is poised to end months of suggestion and speculation and commit to a bond-buying stimulus program, with roughly €50 billion of government bond purchases over the next 12 months.

Number of the Day: $105.3 Million

Among the records for the record opening of 'American Sniper' of $105.3 million: largest opening ever for a drama; largest opening for an R-rated film; and largest opening for Martin Luther King Day weekend.

Leaping Lizards! A Timely Look at Seconds

The Numbers takes a second look (pun intended) at atomic time versus astronomical time.

Number of the Day: Subzero

Some investors are paying some European governments and Japan to hold their money, with bond yields falling below zero in some maturities. Call it a tax for safety.

Number of the Day: 0.9%

Retail sales fell in December despite lower gas prices. There are several explanations for why the presumed boost to spending didn't materialize.

Number of the Day: $1.1 Billion

College football's first playoff champion, Ohio State, is No. 1 in franchise value

Reader Mailbag: On Activity Trackers

Numbers columnist Jo Craven McGinty explores activity trackers, such as the Fitbit and Jawbone, finding their usefulness in motivating users largely trumps the accuracy of data they produce.

The Numbers Behind…Fitness Trackers

Activity trackers like the Fitbit and Jawbone produce imprecise data, Numbers columnist Jo Craven McGinty points out in her latest column. That's the bad news. The good news is: It doesn't matter much.

Number of the Day: 483,171

2014 saw the fewest layoffs since 1997, but there are some caveats

Today Is Brought to You by the Number 150

A record $150 billion pulled from Pimco last year, much after Bill Gross's exit

Reader Mailbag: On Cheap Gasoline

Our Numbers column on gasoline prices and their relative cheapness generated a fair number of reader responses. Here, we take a look at some

On 401(k)s, FICOs and Other Numbers Investors Should Know

15 numbers every investor needs to know, from the WSJ personal-finance team

Gas Is Cheap, but Not the Cheapest

The Numbers: Gas prices today are cheap, but not historically speaking. Still, coming off a long stretch of high prices, consumers should feel pretty good.

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