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New Solutions for a Steadily Aging Japan

By Monday, December 1, 2014 - 8:00am

Though Japan’s fall into recession in the third quarter is likely to be less severe than expected, stalled economic growth continues to be a problem as it has since the...

Three Challenges China Cannot Ignore

By Monday, November 17, 2014 - 2:00pm

The emerging market equities dump has been underway for months and is only the latest indicator of building economic anxieties – which had to be in the background of President Obama’s talks during his Asia trip, especially with Chinese leaders, including Xi Jinping in...

The New York Times Mirrors Obama’s Falling Numbers

By Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 11:15pm

There’s a reason The New York Times is being forced to shrink its newsroom. And that veteran employees are jumping at the chance to bail. The New York Post reported today that more than 300 Times’ staffers have responded to a buyout offer from management that is...

Ebola Is Bumping Alzheimer’s Off Our Radar. It Shouldn’t.

By Monday, October 13, 2014 - 5:30pm

The Ebola death count has now topped 4000, though deaths from the virus are still mostly confined to the three West African...

Obama Fails to Seize a High-Stakes Opportunity with India

By Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 4:45pm

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi couldn’t resist a little jab at President Obama. In his remarks delivered at the conclusion of his recent meetings with Mr. Obama, Modi noted the “happy coincidence” that both India and the U.S. had concluded successful missions to...

The One Question Scotland Did Not Consider

By Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 1:45pm

The critical question the Scots did not ask themselves in their heated discussions of independence is what to do in two short decades when nearly 40 percent of their...

What Retirees Fear Most of All

By Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 7:15pm

New research by Bank of America Merrill Lynch says that the biggest fear of people in retirement is Alzheimer’s. We fear Alzheimer’s more than cancer, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and heart...

The NFL’s Rice Decision—Pandering to the Public

By Monday, September 8, 2014 - 7:49pm

Ray Rice just joined the unemployment line, but not for what he did or didn’t do on the field as a member of the Baltimore Ravens. The star NFL running back broke the law, and then embarrassed the league and his team, which fired him months after the event became known...

The 5 Key Planks of a Strategic Aging Policy

By Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 10:30am

When Janet Yellen speaks about the structural policy vs. the fiscal or monetary policy that's needed to fuel economic growth and job creation, she might also consider the developed countries of Japan and within Europe, which need the structural shift even more than we...

3 Positive Lessons from Robin Williams’s Untimely Death

By Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 5:30pm

Robin Williams died far too young at age 63. In life, he showed us how to trample the ordinary by sounding his barbaric yawp from the rooftops of Hollywood. He taught us about being extraordinary and how not to let the conventions of yesterday rule our lives today and...

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