8 episodes

From latte-making robots to paying for college, Merrill Perspectives explores the (often unexpected) issues, trends and ideas that are shaping our world. Our experts go beyond the headlines and the numbers so you can better understand what these changes mean to you and your financial life. Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith is a registered broker-dealer, registered investment adviser and Member SIPC

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From latte-making robots to paying for college, Merrill Perspectives explores the (often unexpected) issues, trends and ideas that are shaping our world. Our experts go beyond the headlines and the numbers so you can better understand what these changes mean to you and your financial life. Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith is a registered broker-dealer, registered investment adviser and Member SIPC

    Welcome to the 2020s

    Welcome to the 2020s

    What will life be like in the next decade? Our hosts peer into the future and find reason for optimism in the new—and often surprising—trends that could transform the markets, the economy, and our lives in the years ahead.

    • 26 min
    China & the Global Smartphone Economy

    China & the Global Smartphone Economy

    The smartphone in your hand is assembled from a universe of rare elements, sophisticated circuits and software—mostly in China. But it's not who puts it together, it's who makes the smartphone "smart" that will drive the future of the global economy. Find out why that matters to all of us.

    • 26 min
    Surviving Immortality

    Surviving Immortality

    Could someone alive today actually live to be 1,000 years old? Thanks to medical and technological breakthroughs, that could be possible someday. But living longer—even if it's only to, say, 150—comes with financial implications for how we plan and invest for our futures.

    • 22 min
    Cyber Security

    Cyber Security

    From our social media accounts to our medical records, much of our most personal information is available online. But who has access to it, and how can we protect ourselves from the growing threat of cyber crime? We explore the challenges and offer guidance for keeping our digital lives safe.

    • 23 min
    Women Ri$ing

    Women Ri$ing

    Women have made enormous economic and social gains in recent years. We look at the progress they've made, where there's room for growth and how the unique financial journeys many women travel require a different approach to saving, investing and planning for the future.

    • 23 min
    Getting Schooled

    Getting Schooled

    The rising cost of college can make it feel more high pressure than ever. In "Getting Schooled," our hosts examine how families can plan and prepare ahead so it doesn't feel so overwhelming, and also look at some potential alternatives to a traditional college degree.

    • 22 min

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