What do field goals, 3-pointers, and hotels on Vermont have in common?

Answer: they’re all “advantaged assets” …

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Field Goals
As professional kickers have specialized and improved their technique, field goals have become more common. National Football League teams last season made nearly 85% of field goals, compared with barely 60% in 1974, according to Brian Burke of Advanced NFL Stats. There were two successful field goals for every three touchdowns last season, compared with barely two for every five touchdowns in 1974.

3-Pointers
In college basketball, meanwhile, three-point shots are falling with about the same level of accuracy of closer jump shots, even though they’re worth 50% more. To address this, the three-point line has been moved away from the basket by a foot, as college-hoops fans may notice during March Madness. Yet shots from 21 feet and 22 feet, the shortest three-point distances, were accurate more than 37% of the time this season — easier than those from any distance between five feet and 19 feet from the basket, according to college-basketball analyst Ken Pomeroy.

Hotels on Vermont
in Monopoly, paying $50 for that hotel on Vermont Avenue pays itself off in fewer than 15 rolls of the dice by your opponent, compared with more than 40 rolls for other hotel-adorned squares, according to simulations of 32 billion rolls by Truman Collins.

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Excerpted from Wsj, “Price Drop: Stocks, Homes, Now Triple-Word Scores”, March 18, 2009
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123731266862258869.html?mod=djemalert

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