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How (and Where) to Bet on Big Tobacco

Though unfavorable demographics threaten the industry, firms that are well positioned abroad could prosper.
02/08/2017 — from Investor Insights

No TPP for Trump

In a long-awaited move, President Trump has officially withdrawn the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The trade deal was much maligned by politicians on both sides of the aisle for its potential to slash U.S. jobs and foment currency manipulation, making it an easy target for Trump’s chopping block.

The Wall Street Journal

01/27/2017 — from NewsWire

The Will to Secede

The growing urban-rural divide in politics is fueling the rise of secessionism in Europe—a trend that could reshape the world as the know it.
12/09/2016 — from Culture Watch

The Recent Italian Referendum Failed to Pass

The recent Italian referendum regarding proposed constitutional amendments failed to pass, with 80% of Italian Millennials voting for “an anti-establishment rejection of the status quo.” While Brexit and Trump were the work of older voters, in continental Europe the radical votes tend to be cast by young people rejecting a system that they feel doesn’t work for them.

Mic

12/09/2016 — from NewsWire

U.K. Gen Xers Are the Least Prepared for Retirement

A recent study finds that, in the U.K., Gen Xers are the least likely to be on track to meet their “target replacement rate”—the income needed in retirement to maintain a standard of living. While Millennials have benefitted from “automatic enrolment” pensions and Boomers were able to take advantage of “defined benefit” pensions, Gen X is, as usual, caught in the middle.

Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association

12/02/2016 — from NewsWire

The British Royal Mint Tries to Make Gold Work like Bitcoin

The British Royal Mint is working with CME group (a futures exchange operator) to allow customers to buy and sell fractions of gold, stored in the Mint’s vaults, using RMGs, a currency similar to bitcoin. The legitimacy that gold-backing offers, coupled with blockchain technology’s advantages, may finally allow this type of high-tech currency to go mainstream.

Quartz

12/02/2016 — from NewsWire

A Day on the Green Moves Away from Boomer Musicians to Appeal to Gen Xers

A Day on the Green (an Australian music festival) has moved away from Baby Boomer musicians in an appeal to Generation X. Headlining ‘90s alternative rock acts showed that Boomers haven’t cornered the market on nostalgia, and while one musician joked: “Right now, it’s 1996,” another reflected more seriously: “Yeah, we’re gettin’ old.”

The West Australian

11/25/2016 — from NewsWire

An Important Distinction Between the U.S. Election and the Recent Brexit Vote

Author Gabe Alpert draws a distinction between the U.S. election and the recent Brexit vote—the size of the split between the old and young. While U.K. Millennials voted “stay” an incredible 23 percentage points higher than the national average, U.S. Millennials only voted for Clinton 8 points higher than the national average.

Barron's

11/18/2016 — from NewsWire

A Popular Japanese Ramen Shop that Emphasizes Meditation Opens in the United States

A popular Japanese ramen shop has just opened in the United States: Diners there eat silently in individual booths, not even speaking to place their order. In a world where everyone is constantly connected and always “on,” this minimalist restaurant is flourishing by encouraging its patrons to meditate while eating a relaxing bowl of soup.

Quartz

11/04/2016 — from NewsWire