What A Long Strange Trip It’s Been

For the past three years we’ve journeyed into sustainability and finance, to discover that they are not mutually exclusive. For me it has been an eye-opening experience, and I hope that it has been for you, too.

One of disciplines of investment management is keeping your focus – and that is what I’m doing with this last post of the Resilience Economics blog.   For a while, I’ve been posting these articles in my monthly newsletter and on other sites that are simply getting more visibility.

Writing and blogging has opened up some really amazing opportunities for me.  But more importantly, it has helped me to think and communicate ideas more effectively.

So, if  you would, please consider clicking here to sign up for my free monthly newsletter, The Forward View.  Alternatively, you’ll continue to see updates for my blogs at The World Future Society and StratFI.  You can also follow me on Twitter @jhlinde and @stratfi.

Ever Forward!


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Growing Old Together

Instead of boring my readers with pictures of demographic pyramids turned upside-down, or horrifying everyone with damning statistics on why Social Security is the largest government-sanctioned Ponzi scheme ever, let’s look at some of the unintended consequences of aging populations worldwide:

  • In Japan, more diapers are being sold for grown-ups than for children.   Big nappies are big business.
  • In Italy, there are now more grandmothers than babies.  This is leading to a break-out of national pacifism, because none of them want to send their only grandchild to war.
  • The ever-practical Germans are now retraining retired sex-industry workers as home healthcare aides.  Sponge-baths have never been more popular.

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Resilience is Always Local

Great video here from Eric Garland on why the best strategy for resilience may be to grow some deep roots in your own hometown.

If you have time and want to meet up with some brilliant (and fun) people, be sure to mark your calendars for the Transition Economics gathering in St. Louis, May 19-May 21st.

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On the Cycles of Change Radio Show with David Katzmire

It is unusual to have an in-depth conversation on cycle theory, but Katzmire knows his stuff and asks the right questions. In this discussion, we talk about unexpected opportunities, social trends, and developing a great investment strategy.

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Are Marijuana Stocks Good for Seed Capital?

ImageThis is a question that I never expected to ask, “Does marijuana deserve a place in your portfolio?” Call it a legacy of the Baby Boomer generation, or a desperate attempt by states to generate new tax revenues. Either way, the decriminalization of marijuana is a trend that is simply too big to ignore. 

Since California first legalized medical marijuana in 1996, a total of twenty states plus the District of Columbia now allow access for those with documented medical needs. The two “Superbowl States” of 2014, Colorado and Washington, now allow ownership for recreational purposes, as well. Continue reading

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Investing in the Future: Finding a Fit with Wearable Devices

Can you train like an Olympic athlete, see through the back of your head, and remember everything you did today?  These things are completely unrealistic for most of us, but we are getting closer with breakthroughs in wearable devices.

JawbonePersonal fitness monitors such as the Fitbit Force, the Jawbone, and Fuel are consumer gadgets that fit like bracelets and serve as personal coaches – tracking your fitness activity, sleep, and calorie burn rate.   Fitness fanatics now log their meals onto their cell phones and get nutritional guidance for building muscle mass, losing weight, or just feeling better.

Publicly-traded companies including Nike (ticker: NKE) and Garmin (GRMN) are some of the early entrants into the fitness monitor trend.  They’ve “broken the code” to making wearable sensors fashionable by marketing them to athletes. Continue reading

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Easy Resolutions

A few years ago, I worked for a multi-family office.   We had some “old money” clients and did just about everything related to their finances — from investment management to tax preparation and bill payment services.

While most of us might not ever have a dedicated staff of personal accountants, organizing your finances is easier than ever.   You can leave your checkbook in the drawer and your excel spreadsheets unopened — these online power tools can make your New Year’s financial resolutions “do-able.” Continue reading

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