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
The Promising Power of Green Hydrogen
Could the most abundant element in the universe hold the answer to the world's growing energy needs—and help solve the climate crisis? Here's why the answer could be yes.
Reshoring: The Next Great Global Trend
There's growing evidence that more and more companies are relocating production back home. What effects could this "reshoring" shift have on the global economy, and could it ultimately spark a manufacturing renaissance here in the United States?
At Home with the New Consumer
The pandemic has upended our lives, even altering our spending habits. Bikes and in-home entertainment are in; restaurant spending is out. Are these shifts temporary, or more permanent? And what could they mean for economic growth? Our experts take a look.
Life After the Coronavirus
The pandemic is accelerating a number of global trends—from the growing prevalence of technology to changes in how and where we source the food we eat. Our experts fast forward to 2022 and explore the many ways the economy, the markets and our lives could be dramatically different.
The Road to Recovery
As the economy gradually begins to reopen, there are still many questions about what shape the recovery will take. Our experts share insights into the signs they're watching for this year and in 2021—and why they're finding some surprising reasons for optimism.
Coronavirus and the Markets
The pandemic has disrupted the economy and caused unprecedented market volatility. We take a look at what it all means for your investments and financial life.