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"You can’t turn back the demographic tide"

The financial magazine MoneyWeek have produced a new video in their Investment Tutorial series, looking at the impact of today’s ‘demographic cliff’ on the economy. Editor-in-Chief Merryn Somerset Webb suggests this is “One of the key bits of informat…
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Happy 55th birthday, Mr and Ms Average Baby Boomer

The blog’s latest post for the Financial Times FT Data blog is published today. January 1, 2013 8:00 am by Financial Times By Paul Hodges    Chart 1: For the first time in history, most westerners now live beyond 55 years January 1 2013 mar…
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Happy 55th birthday, Western BabyBoomers!

Today is a day for celebration, as it marks the day that the average Western BabyBoomer, born in 1958, will join the New Old 55+ generation! This is a truly remarkable moment. Even 100 years ago, as the chart shows, this generation simply didn’t exis…
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The blog in 2012

The blog is now close to celebrating its 150,000th visit. Its readership also continues to grow and it is now read in 146 countries. Readers remain very loyal, with 50% visiting every week and 28% visiting on a daily basis. The main event of the yea…
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Italy’s oil consumption back at 1967 levels

The wrong diagnosis can often make the problem worse not better, as doctors know very well. But the message hasn’t got across to policy makers. They refuse to believe that ageing populations spend less and save more – even though all the evidence con…
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"Growth won’t save us – there won’t be any"

Merryn Somerset Webb, editor-in-chief of Money Week and also a Financial Times columnist, has devoted her latest post to the implications of the ageing Western population: “I can’t be sure of much about next year. But here’s one fact you can’t argue w…
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The Cycle of Deflation continues to develop

In January, the blog suggested that political issues would continue to gain increased importance. Its argument was that the strong economy between 1982-2007, when the US suffered just 16 months of recession, meant political and social issues took a ba…
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Global auto sales remain slow as China boosts exports

Auto sales continue to struggle in 3 of the world’s main markets. The chart shows combined sales by month in China, US, EU, Japan and India. These were 76% of global demand in 2011. Overall, volume is up 6% versus last year: • China’s sales are …
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US Fed’s doubling of QE3 fails to impress markets

Over the past 4 years, 18 men (no women are involved) have run the global response to the financial crisis, as politicians refused to take a lead. Instead, the world’s leading central bankers felt forced to establish their own Economic Consultative…
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High oil prices present recession risk

Oil prices are heading for a second successive year of record annual prices. Last year, Brent averaged $111/bbl and it is averaging similar levels so far in 2012. History suggests this is very bad news for consumers, for companies and for the global …
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ACS Chemistry & the Economy webinar today

The blog’s regular Chemistry & the Economy webinar with the American Chemical Society takes place today at 14.00 hours Eastern Time. As always, it will be moderated by friend and colleague Bill Carroll – chair of the ACS and Vice President of Occident…
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