Category Archives: Trends

The 25 Worst Passwords

How secure are the passwords you use to access your banking or investment data?  A recent article in Forbes magazine surveyed security company SplashData’s password dumps, looking for the world’s most common—and, therefore, easiest to guess—passwords.  This is a big problem; SplashData estimates that just over 10% of people use at least one of the 25 most common passwords.  Guess which words hackers and cyberthieves are going to guess first when they try to hack into the account that contains your banking information?

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The Disruptors and the Disrupted

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You know that online technologies are turning whole industries upside down.  Think Uber vs. the taxi industry, or Airbnb vs. hotels.  But has anybody assembled a comprehensive look at the new platforms and what are threatened by platform technologies?

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Get Ready for Weird Food

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Are you ready to start eating bugs?  Or or goldfish muscle dipped in fetal bovine serum?  Scientists point out that people 100 years ago probably would have barfed at the sight of a Twinkie and would have had trouble comprehending a Dorito.  So, looking ahead 100 years, they’re predicting that the food people typically consume will get weird in ways that are surprisingly predictable.

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Investments to Avoid

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Every year, the Morningstar mutual fund tracking organization releases a list of the worst new ETF investments—and generally, these tend to be trendy new offerings that are designed to catch the eye of investors who are responding to yesterday’s  headlines rather than their long-term economic future.

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The Uptrends We Never See

Most of us suspect that the world is going to hell in a handbasket—or at least getting worse over the long term.  In the U.S., only 4% of respondents will tell you that our world living conditions are improving.

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The Employed and the Drop-Outs

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Headlines told us that the U.S. economy added 178,000 jobs in November, dropping the unemployment rate to 4.6%—the lowest level since August 2007, and surely an improvement over the 10% rates of the Great Recession.  Those numbers represent great news, and indicate that the country is in strong shape as President-elect Trump takes office.

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The Cost of Sleep Deprivation

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Are you getting enough sleep?  If not, you might be costing your employer significant productivity, which the Rand Europe think tank has now translated into aggregate dollars across the global economy.

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