Category Archives: Trends

Longer Lives, Here and Abroad

For years, the U.S. life expectancy was among the longest in the world, a natural byproduct of the fact that the U.S. is wealthier, per capita, than other nations.  Indeed, a research report in the medical journal The Lancet projects that between now and 2030, women in the U.S. will live an average 83.3 years (up from 81.2 today) and men an average of 79.5 years (up from 76.5 today).

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Depression’s Silver Lining

A lot of people are depressed these days: in 2015, one study showed that 6.7% of American adults suffered from a major depressive episode in the previous 12 months.  Meanwhile, an estimated 12% of Americans are taking antidepressants, which suggests that the study may have underestimated the problem.

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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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