Author Archives: lytics

Increase in fair market rents across largest metro areas in US since 2000

By | March 12, 2017

What is Fair Market Rent? The Department of Housing and Urban Development provides the following summary:I pulled together 11 of the most populous metropolitan areas according to the 2010 US Census (although I cheated and added Seattle and San Francisco into the mix, they are technically further down on the list). I’ve also included the national average… Read More »

Largest auto insurers ranked by number of consumer complaints

By | March 9, 2017

Updated 3/11/2017 – First chart now reflects holding companies.Today we will be looking at some interesting data from the California Department of Insurance. Specifically, the justified complaint ratio across the largest auto insurers in California. Every year, the department publishes a statistical summary of all non-frivolous consumer complaints attached to the largest insurance companies operating in… Read More »

Why do people save – 1989 and 2013

By | March 6, 2017

Today we’ll compare the reason that respondents to the Survey of Consumer Finances gave as most important for their families’ saving, between 1989 and 2013. What was the largest change over the years? Retirement. (Liquidity actually remains the overall most popular reason for families’ saving.)In 1989, there were far more employer sponsored pension plans available to workers than there… Read More »