MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio — Nearly 900 residents participated in a survey or focus group answering questions about what is most important to them when it comes to city recreation.

The questioning, which took part over the course of four months, comes in the wake of the springtime passage of Issue 9, the city’s .5-percent income tax increase. The city has earmarked 40 percent of the approximately $5 million the tax increase will generate by 2023, or about $2 million per year, to recreation.

“I’m very, very thrilled,” said Krista Rodriguez, of The Impact Group, which performed the survey, in speaking about the 852 residents who completed a survey on paper or online. “That’s a high number for getting a response rate for a city of your size, and that was very good to see.”

Rodriguez gave results of the survey to City Council during a Committee-of-the-Whole meeting held Monday, Oct. 12.

First discussed were a number of questions pertaining to the city’s stated goal of building a new swimming pool to replace the more than 60-year-old Dragga Pool at City Park. It was found that 77 percent of respondents were aware of the city’s plan for a new pool, as well as its plans to use tax money to upgrade roads, sidewalks and parks. Sixty-two percent said that they do not use the pool at all during the summer, but some stated that their lack of use was attached to the condition of the pool which, among other things, needs regular repairs to cracks at its bottom.

In other responses, 56 percent thought it was very or somewhat important that the new pool has a splash pad; 89 percent favored umbrellas or shaded areas; 69 percent, a water slide; 68 percent, a children’s playground in the water; 63 percent, zero-depth

Many boardroom executives have racked their brains trying to figure out what appeals to teenagers, but according to Piper Sandler’s Taking Stock With Teens Survey – Fall 2020 survey Nike (NKE) has seemingly cracked the code.

Piper Sandler’s Senior Research Analyst Erinn Murphy joined Yahoo Finance to break down what the Swoosh brand is doing right when it comes to teens. 

Nike has been the Number 1 apparel brand in the survey for 10 consecutive years and has further strengthened its lead at a 27% share—up 400 bps vs. last year.

“I think that Nike has done an excellent job of really being relevant to this generation. There have been so many controversial, if you will, … ways they market, whether it’s Colin Kaepernick, whether it’s some of the ways that they’ve been marketing [amid] the pandemic, but yet this generation resonates with that. They do stand for change.”

a cake sitting on top of a desk: Nike shoes are seen on display at the Nordstrom flagship store during a media preview in New York, U.S., October 21, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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Nike shoes are seen on display at the Nordstrom flagship store during a media preview in New York, U.S., October 21, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Air Force 1s and Air Jordans have been some of the most popular Nike offerings as far as teens are concerned. According to the multinational independent investment bank, the brand is also the number 1 preferred athletic apparel & footwear brand among upper-income teens at a 60% and 74% share, respectively. 

Murphy tells Yahoo Finance that the Jordan brand has had a renaissance this year with the success of ESPN’s Chicago Bulls documentary “The Last Dance.” The Piper Sandler analyst also notes that Nike’s focus on creating sustainable products also plays big with teens.

a group of people standing in front of a building: SHENZHEN, CHINA - 2020/10/04: Customers are seen at an Air Jordan store in Shenzhen. (Photo by Alex Tai/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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SHENZHEN, CHINA – 2020/10/04: Customers are seen at an Air Jordan store in Shenzhen. (Photo by Alex Tai/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)


Analysis Finds Past Presidential Elections Had Little Impact on Home Sales

Redfin Forecasts $6.2M Homes Sales in 2020, the Most Since 2006

SEATTLE, Oct. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — (NASDAQ: RDFN) — Twenty-two percent of homebuyers and sellers said the upcoming presidential election is impacting their plans to buy or sell a home, according to an August survey from Redfin (, the technology-powered real estate brokerage. That’s down from 32% in November 2019, per a similar Redfin survey. The drop from last year is likely due to the pandemic, which seems to be outweighing the election as a factor for homebuyers and sellers.

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Thirteen percent of respondents said the election is making them more hesitant to buy or sell a home, down from 20% in November 2019. Nine percent of respondents said the election is making them less hesitant to buy or sell a home, down from 12% in November. Election concerns are unlikely to have a major impact on the housing market, partly because a portion of those people will move forward with their plans to buy and/or sell once the election has passed. The survey included more than 1,400 U.S. residents who plan to buy or sell a home in the next 12 months.

Alisha Pruitt, a Redfin agent in Silicon Valley, said she doesn’t expect this year’s upcoming presidential election to impact real estate activity.

“Almost all the buyers I work with ask how the election could impact their home purchase,” Pruitt said. “I don’t have a crystal ball, but presidential elections have never seemed to affect the housing market much in the six election cycles I’ve been a real estate agent. The pandemic is having a much bigger impact, with low mortgage rates motivating buyers who want more space to work from

WASHINGTON, Oct 5 (Reuters)U.S. services industry activity picked up in September, pulling above a level that prevailed before the COVID-19 pandemic struck the nation, amid increases in new orders and employment.

The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) said on Monday its non-manufacturing activity index rose to a reading of 57.8 last month from 56.9 in August. That put the index just above its 57.3 level in February.

A reading above 50 indicates growth in the services sector, which accounts for more than two-thirds of U.S. economic activity. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast the index slipping to 56.0 in September.

The improvement in services industry activity fits in with expectations for a record rebound in economic growth in the third quarter after a historic plunge in gross domestic product in the April-June period. The economy got a boost over the summer from fiscal stimulus.

Growth has, however, shifted into low gear as businesses exhaust government loans to help them with expenses like wages and funding for a weekly unemployment subsidy for millions runs out. New coronavirus cases are rising, with a surge expected in the fall, which could lead to some restrictions being imposed on businesses in the services sector.

The ISM reported last week that factory activity slowed in September as new orders retreated from a more than 16-1/2-year high. The government reported on Friday the economy added 661,000 jobs in September, the fewest since the jobs recovery started in May, after creating 1.489 million in August.

The ISM survey’s measure of new orders for the services industry increased to a reading of 61.5 in September after dropping to 56.8 in August. But backlog orders and exports orders fell last month. The survey’s index of services industry employment rebounded to 51.8 from a reading of

By Tom Wilson

LONDON, Sept 29 (Reuters)Financial firms and governments overwhelmingly see cryptocurrencies as risky, a major survey found on Tuesday, with the potential for bitcoin and other digital tokens for use in money laundering and sanctions busting among the chief worries.

Around 60% of respondents from financial firms, government and the private sector alike to the survey by the Royal United Services Institute think-tank and the Association of Anti-Money Laundering Specialists said cryptocurrencies were a risk rather than an opportunity. Illicit usage was the major concern.

The findings, one of the most detailed efforts yet to map out mainstream global views towards cryptocurrencies, lay bare the depth of scepticism towards the emerging tech.

They suggest an uphill struggle for the crypto industry to achieve wider acceptance, even as countries across the world grapple with how to regulate cryptocurrencies. The European Union will introduce new rules for some cryptocurrencies by 2024, documents showed last week.

The perception of criminal use of cryptocurrencies is deep-rooted, the survey found. Nearly 90% of respondents from financial firms said they were worried about crypto being used to launder money. Over 80% were worried about sanctioned actors using digital coins to circumvent the formal financial system.

“All respondents accept that cryptocurrencies are vulnerable to criminals,” the survey’s authors said.

The extent to which crypto is used for crime is unclear, with past research by major blockchain analysis firm Chainalysis this year putting the rate as low as 1% of all transactions.

Still, digital currencies are popular with cyber-criminals, as the July hack of major Twitter users to reap bitcoin shows.

Cryptocurrencies have also been used for the funding of militant groups. The U.S. Justice Department said last month it had targeted efforts by the military wing of Hamas, al Qaeda and Islamic