Category Archives: Aging of the Population

US Housing market plauged by lack of housing supply and capable buyers as prices climb

US Housing market plauged by lack of housing supply and capable buyers as prices climb

Tematica’s Chief Macro Strategist Lenore Hawkins has been rather vocal on the two issues hitting the domestic housing market – a lack of supply and escalating prices that are shrinking the pool of potential buyers. While one would think homebuilders would respond with more affordable housing, they are also contending with increases to their own […]

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American brands are heading where the middle class is growing

American brands are heading where the middle class is growing

Plain and simple, we are seeing more American retail and brand companies from Starbucks to Walmart tie their growth prospects to the rising middle class in Asia, and China in particular. We here at Tematica are not surprised given prospects for discretionary spending to be had compared to here in the US where debt service […]

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China’s rising middle class is re-shaping the cruise industry

China’s rising middle class is re-shaping the cruise industry

Confirmation of our investment themes can come from a variety of places, including CEO interviews and how we love it when they do just that. The cruise industry is benefitting from several thematic tailwinds, including the Aging Population as well as Affordable Luxury, but it’s the push-pull inside our Rise & Fall of the Middle […]

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Pilot study shows how Amazon’s Alexa helps older adults feel independent and safe

Pilot study shows how Amazon’s Alexa helps older adults feel independent and safe

In February 2017, the Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing (FPCIW) launched its Amazon Alexa Pilot at Carlsbad By The Sea (CBTS). The positive results from the pilot showed the positive impact Alexa and smart home technologies can have in the lives of older adults: 75% used their smart devices at least once a day. 100% […]

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40% of Americans can’t cover a $400 emergency expense; 25% have no retirement savings

40% of Americans can’t cover a $400 emergency expense; 25% have no retirement savings

We keep hearing the mainstream media talk about the improving economy and the falling employment rate, but beneath the headlines and talking heads, we’ve seen consumer debt continue to climb. Why? Because those who don’t have sufficient funds either have to borrow, the likely option, on in some cases sell something. This has increased borrowing […]

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Many Americans Still Lack Retirement Savings 

Many Americans Still Lack Retirement Savings 

A Venn diagram overlay on our Aging of the Population and Rise & Fall of the Middle Class reveals a looming squeeze of the undersaved aging population. We’ve written quite a bit here about the low percentage of Americans that have socked away monies pre- and post-tax into retirement accounts and even emergency fund or “rainy […]

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Amazon’s next target market – the  aging American population

Amazon’s next target market – the  aging American population

In his 2018 shareholder letter, Amazon’s Chairman and CEO Jeff Bezos cited the company’s “unrelenting customer obsession” and its aspiration to be “to be Earth’s most customer-centric company”  but also thanked the “hundreds of millions of divinely discontent customers around the world who push to make us better each and every day.”  With Baby Boomers […]

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Brookdale Senior Living: are its thematic tailwinds enough to earn a buy rating?

Brookdale Senior Living: are its thematic tailwinds enough to earn a buy rating?

Brookdale Senior Living is a company that is positioned to benefit from our Aging of the Population investment theme. But we must determine whether those thematic tailwinds are enough for its stock to earn a buy rating at this point in time.

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Alibaba hopes to find a silver bullet when it comes to the aging population

Over the next 12 years, all of the baby boomers will have moved into the senior generation, resulting in a major structural shift in demographics. From 2010 to 2030, the percent of the population over 65 will increase from 13 percent to 19 percent while the percent of the U.S. population aged 20-64, the primary […]

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