Below is our world-renowned Demographer Neil Howe's latest weekly podcast. Neil discusses newsworthy market events that will prove the most timely, topical and consequential in the week ahead.

He talks through the news looming largest on his radar screen to keep your investing laser focused and confident. This free webcast compliments his in-depth research product Demography Unplugged.


NEW PODCAST: Listener Questions, Pandemic Baby Bust, and the Hanification of China (2/24) - demoimage

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In this latest issue of my weekly podcast, I answer listener-submitted questions. Is multi-generational housing a long-term trend? Are we transitioning from an ‘era of logic’ to an ‘era of emotion’? Is America paralleling the decline of the Roman Empire? I delve into all of these questions and more. 

China accelerates "Hanification" efforts. Xi Jinping's cultural campaign aims to transform all minority cultures in China into "Han" culture. These efforts include promoting Han food, Han dress, Mandarin, and the spread of Confucius ethics. It also means the vigorous suppression of local languages and ethnic traditions and, above all, competing religions or ideologies.   

EU set to impose new sanctions. The EU has agreed to sanction four unnamed Russian officials involved in the persecutions of Alexei Navalny. The sanctions will include travel bans and asset freezes. The EU will formally adopt these measures in March. 

Births fall in China. From 2019 to 2020, the number of registered newborns in China fell by 15%. Most of this steep drop does not reflect the impact of Covid-19. It underscores the demographic headwinds facing the country. 

Births fall in Europe. New numbers from Italy and France indicate that these countries are also experiencing baby busts, which blew up in December and January just as the impact of the pandemic was felt . Recent monthly figures show that births in several major cities have declined 10% to 25%.

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Neil Howe is a renowned authority on generations and social change in America. An acclaimed bestselling author and speaker, he is the nation's leading thinker on today's generations—who they are, what motivates them, and how they will shape America's future.

A historian, economist, and demographer, Howe is also a recognized authority on global aging, long-term fiscal policy, and migration. He is a senior associate to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C., where he helps direct the CSIS Global Aging Initiative.

Howe has written over a dozen books on generations, demographic change, and fiscal policy, many of them with William Strauss. Howe and Strauss' first book, Generations is a history of America told as a sequence of generational biographies. Vice President Al Gore called it "the most stimulating book on American history that I have ever read" and sent a copy to every member of Congress. Newt Gingrich called it "an intellectual tour de force." Of their book, The Fourth Turning, The Boston Globe wrote, "If Howe and Strauss are right, they will take their place among the great American prophets."

Howe and Strauss originally coined the term "Millennial Generation" in 1991, and wrote the pioneering book on this generation, Millennials Rising. His work has been featured frequently in the media, including USA Today, CNN, the New York Times, and CBS' 60 Minutes.

Previously, with Peter G. Peterson, Howe co-authored On Borrowed Time, a pioneering call for budgetary reform and The Graying of the Great Powers with Richard Jackson.

Howe received his B.A. at U.C. Berkeley and later earned graduate degrees in economics and history from Yale University.