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America’s Birth Rate Declined For The Third Year Running

This provisional data for 2010 was released in June and shows a possible impact of the serious recession … From the National centre for Health Statistics: Recent Trends in Births and Fertility Rates Through 2010. The NCHS reports (provisional):
America’s Birth Rate Declined For The Third Year Running
Markets

Will China Get Old Before it Gets Rich?

China is one of the top fastest growing economies in the world, and some economists believe China will overtake the US with a larger GDP in a matter of a few years. Last year, the number of millionaires in China grew 12 per cent, and while the US still has […]
Will China Get Old Before it Gets Rich?
Markets

Chinese Officials Alarmed Over Poor Fertility, And Threats To The Work Force

Chinese researchers say the one-child policy will take a serious, negative toll on China’s demographics in the next 40 years, reports Caixin Magazine. So politicians in  Guangdong have started pushing for reforms based on statistical information gathered from their region. The central government, however, looks un-yielding.
Chinese Officials Alarmed Over Poor Fertility, And Threats To The Work Force
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Shifting Demographics Are Causing A Shortage Of German Nudists

[credit provider=”Clover Spa”] The German tradition of naked sunbathing is facing a crisis, reports Reuters (via MSNBC).”German society is changing and it’s not easy to be a naturist anymore,” says Kurt Fischer, president of the German Free Culture Society association (DFK). The number of nudists are dropping by 2% every […]
Shifting Demographics Are Causing A Shortage Of German Nudists
Markets

The Clash Of Generations

Thomas Friedman is “connecting the dots” in his New York Times column piece over the weekend, The Clash of Generations.    The Global Macro Monitor posted a similar piece, Connecting the Dots: The Coming War Between Generations,  back in March.
The Clash Of Generations
Markets

Are Retiring Boomers Going To Dump Stocks And Cause An “Asset Market Meltdown”?

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:ElderlyWomanInGlasses2.jpg”] It’s a question we suspect that a lot of people have wondered about: Are US equities doomed, merely because over the coming years, a growing wave of retirees will sell assets to pay for their retirements?In a note called Respect Your Elders, Bo fA economist Neil […]
Are Retiring Boomers Going To Dump Stocks And Cause An “Asset Market Meltdown”?
Markets

What The Demi-Ashton Ratio Means For Emerging Market Stocks

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Demi_Moore_and_Ashton_Kutcher_TechCrunch50.jpg”] From Deutsche Bank’s Ajay Kapur, an interesting discussion of demographics and what they mean for emerging market equities:The predictable path of demographic pigs in pythons has important clues for financial markets. We have done some work, building on original research, relating the Demi-Ashton ratio (folks in […]
What The Demi-Ashton Ratio Means For Emerging Market Stocks
Markets

10 Implications Of The Massive Demographic Shift Happening In Asia

[credit provider=”AP” url=”http://www.apimages.com/OneUp.aspx?st=k&kw=china%20exercise%20public&showact=results&sort=creationdatelower%3Areversealphabetical&intv=None&sh=10&kwstyle=and&adte=1305640545&pagez=60&cfasstyle=AND&rids=6e1492d8a32f4a5e84cc70d0e7c13b4a&dbm=PY2011&page=1&xslt=1&mediatype=Photo”] Asia is home to two of the biggest countries in the world but the entire region is set to see major demographic changes in the next decade.The number of youth are expected to fall in most countries, while the age group for those in their 50s is […]
10 Implications Of The Massive Demographic Shift Happening In Asia
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Will These Countries Be The Next To Raid Their Pensions?

[credit provider=”AP”] Today, Ireland announced plans to tax pensions in a bid to raise revenues to fund a jobs program.While Ireland is a special case, faced with strict spending rules due to its EU-IMF bailout, the same sort of practice could emerge in other developed countries, where the amount of […]
Will These Countries Be The Next To Raid Their Pensions?
Markets

The Asia Doomsday Scenario

Asia has the population and the capital needed to become more than half of the world’s economy by 2050, if everything goes right, according to the Asian Development Bank.
The Asia Doomsday Scenario
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Black Americans Are Moving South

[credit provider=”flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/trevorpatt/5043665229/sizes/l/”] Black Americans are leaving northern states and relocating in the south, US census data show.  Blacks are not just leaving Michigan, as one would expect.  They are leaving New York and Illinois and the two major cities therein: New York City and Chicago. The New York Times reports […]
Black Americans Are Moving South
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Virginia Is Critical to Obama Re-Election

[credit provider=”AP”] News that Democratic National Committee Chairman and former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine will likely face off against former Republican Sen. George Allen for Virginia’s open Senate seat next year underscores how important the state will be for Democrats in 2012, writes the National Journal’s Josh Kraushaar.Kraushaar notes that […]
Virginia Is Critical to Obama Re-Election
Markets

Here’s Why France And Germany Are More Screwed Than Greece

Risk analysis firm Maplecroft just released its new fiscal risk index ranking of 163 countries.  Europe trumps all other regions with 11 out of twelve courtiers rated as “extreme risk.”  However, quite surprisingly, only one PIIGS country–Italy which takes the top spot–is in the top 12. The others include many big economies in Europe – Belgium (2), France (3), […]
Here’s Why France And Germany Are More Screwed Than Greece
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Why This Is Just The Beginning Of Egypt’s Crippling Demographic Crisis

[credit provider=”upyernoz on flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/upyernoz/2080548885/”] Let’s say the protesters fail and Hosni Mubarak stays in power. Next year the social pressures will be greater. That’s because today’s riots aren’t about (just) politics or Tunisia or food prices.Egypt is facing a demographic crisis.
Why This Is Just The Beginning Of Egypt’s Crippling Demographic Crisis
Markets

The Amazing Collapse Of The Working Teen

[credit provider=”BTIG”] Despite the anemic pace of job creation, December saw a sizable decrease in the headline unemployment rate thanks to a decline in the workforce.A lot of that discussion focused on folks going into early retirement or giving up the search for jobs, but there’s another factor, which is […]
The Amazing Collapse Of The Working Teen
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24 Countries That Have Smarter Children Than America

[credit provider=”Shazron on flickr”] America’s children rate embarrassingly low again on the latest round of scholastic tests from the OECD.The Program for International Student Assessment, which is released every three years, tests 15-year-old students in reading, maths and science.
24 Countries That Have Smarter Children Than America
Tech

Everything You Need To Know About YOU, Our Readers – CHARTS

[credit provider=”AP”] Finally, we know who you, our readers, really are.Last month, we posted about a new tool called the Funding Recommendation Engine from research startup ChubbyBrain. The FRE asks you a few quick questions about your company and preferences, then returns a list of VCs and angel investors you […]
Everything You Need To Know About YOU, Our Readers – CHARTS
Markets

Sovereign Wealth Chief Warns Of Imminent “Big Drop” In Growth Thanks To Demographics

[credit provider=”Stuck in Customs on flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuckincustoms/sets/72157625069095167/”] Demographics is a big wild-card in Chinese growth projections. The cliche is that thanks to the country’s one-child policy (no longer really enforced), it will be the first country to get old before it gets rich.The head of sovereign wealth fund CIC, Lou […]
Sovereign Wealth Chief Warns Of Imminent “Big Drop” In Growth Thanks To Demographics
Markets

This Was The Worst Consumer News Of The Day

[credit provider=”theaudi0slave via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/somegeekintn/3709203268/”] Correction: The company did not lower its guidance, but rather narrowed guidance, and actually increased its bottom-end forecast.
This Was The Worst Consumer News Of The Day
Markets

Forget Last Week’s CPI, We’re Deflating And Demographics Will Only Make That Worse

[credit provider=”commons.wikimedia.org” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Elderly”] A benign CPI reading last week suggested that, by the skin of our teeth, we’re still not experiencing the dreaded “D.”The headline of 0.3% looked plenty inflationary, though excluding food and energy, inflation only registered at 0.1%, and even that’s probably distorted to the upside.
Forget Last Week’s CPI, We’re Deflating And Demographics Will Only Make That Worse
Tech

92% Of Founders Getting VC Money Are Men

We’ve heard a lot about the lack of female entrepreneurs lately, and now we know just how bad it is. According to a study from CB Insights, a whopping 92% of VC-backed founders are men.CB Insights has published part II of its first Venture Capital Human Capital report, which takes […]
92% Of Founders Getting VC Money Are Men
Markets

Should Germans Celebrate The Coming Of ZERO Unemployment?

We’ve talked about Germany’s economic rebound: exports booming, consumer sentiment surging, and corporations thriving. Now, according to  data released yesterday, the country is close to having less than 3 million unemployed — and dropping, according to Spiegel.
Should Germans Celebrate The Coming Of ZERO Unemployment?
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The 20 Fattest States In The World’s Fattest Country

[credit provider=”Flickr User Aroid (www.flickr.com” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/selago/980565532/)”] Everyone’s talking about a new age of austerity and productivity.But that won’t be easy for a country that prefers lazy consumption: America is the world’s fattest country, getting fatter every year, according to a report from Trust for America’s Health.
The 20 Fattest States In The World’s Fattest Country
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20 Countries That Have Smarter Children Than America

[credit provider=”Shazron on flickr”] Worse than the demographic crisis and resource crisis, America has to deal with a future where the best and brightest children are growing up in another country.Based on international tests endorsed by the US Department of Education, American 15-year-olds score below OECD average on science and […]
20 Countries That Have Smarter Children Than America
Markets

15 States Facing A Terrible Demographic Crisis

[credit provider=”Calvin Community”] America’s demographic problems are well known. But some states are particularly screwed.There’s New England with its Japan-level birth rate. Rural states that leak a steady stream of taxpayers to coast. Retiree swamped states of the South East and the South West.
15 States Facing A Terrible Demographic Crisis
Strategy

The Power Of The Rising Social (Media) Class

[credit provider=”iStockphoto”] Last week, the mainstream social media world seemed shocked to read the latest statistics which demonstrated the power of Black and Latino presence and behaviour patterns across social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. In case you were under a rock and missed it: “Social Media Today” reported that […]
The Power Of The Rising Social (Media) Class