By The Numbers

"The time is meow"

Marketplace Staff Aug 20, 2015
$14.5 billion

That’s the size of the first payment of Greece’s new bailout deal. Worth $96 billion total, the three-year plan is contingent on Greece adopting agreed upon reforms. As the Associated Press reports, part of this first installment will go toward repaying debts.

50 percent

That’s the portion of health care costs taken up by patients with serious illnesses, in spite of this demographic being just 5 percent of all patients. Now, researchers are looking into whether palliative care — treatment where patients are more involved in decisions and may avoid expensive end-of-life procedures — could be the solution to some of the disproportionately high costs.

607

That’s how many presidential candidates are currently in the race, highlighting a fairly light vetting process that takes place early on. Unless, of course, you consider Limberbutt McCubbins, a cat, to be a viable candidate — his campaign slogan, by the way, is “the time is meow.” As Quartz writes, a candidate named Deez Nuts is doing surprisingly well in the polls, in spite of being made up by a high school sophomore.

5 to 10 percent

That’s the portion of energy stocks in Catholic institutional investments. It’s an important number to watch, considering Pope Francis’ recent comments on climate change in which he criticized companies that extract and process fossil fuels. Now, for Catholics who want to put their money where their religion is, the S&P Dow Jones Indices, which brings us the much-followed S&P 500, has a new index for Catholics.

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