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Neil Howe is a historian, economist, and demographer, and a leading authority on generational trends. He coined the term "Millennial Generation" and is the bestselling author of over a dozen books, including Generations, The Fourth Turning, Millennials Rising, and The Graying of the ...more


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Consumer technology analyst Ben Bajarin recently made waves when he predicted that Samsung will be out of the smartphone business within five years. His dire prognosis may not be far off the mark:.


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ARR Armour Residential REIT Inc.
BAC Bank of America Corporation
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BHP BHP Group Ltd.
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BP BP p.l.c.
C Citigroup Inc.
CAT Caterpillar Inc.
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CF CF Industries Holdings Inc.
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CHL China Mobile Limited
CIG Companhia Energtica de Minas Gerais - CEMIG
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CMI Cummins Inc.
COST Costco Wholesale Corporation
CQP Cheniere Energy Partners, LP
CSCO Cisco Systems Inc.
CSX CSX Corporation
CTL CenturyLink Inc.
CVX Chevron Corporation
DE Deere & Company
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EXC Exelon Corporation
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FTR Frontier Communications Corporation
FXE Euro Currency Trust
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GIS General Mills Inc.
GLW Corning Inc.
GOOG Alphabet Inc. (Google)
GS Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
HAL Halliburton Company
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HTS Hatteras Financial Corp.
IBM International Business Machines Corporation
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LINE Linn Energy, LLC
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MBT Mobile TeleSystems
MCD McDonald's Corporation
MDLZ Mondelez International, Inc.
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MMM 3M Company
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MO Altria Group Inc.
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MRK Merck & Co Inc.
MRO Marathon Oil Corporation
MS Morgan Stanley
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MT ArcelorMittal
MWE MarkWest Energy Partners L.P.
NBL Noble Energy Inc.
NLY Annaly Capital Management Inc.
NOK Nokia Corporation
NUE Nucor Corporation
PAA Plains All American Pipeline L.P.
PBI Pitney Bowes Inc.
PBR Petrobras - Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.
PCLN Priceline (Now BKNG)
PFE Pfizer Inc.
PG Procter & Gamble Co.
PM Philip Morris International Inc.
PNC PNC Financial Services GroupThe
POT Potash Corp (Now NTR)
PSEC Prospect Capital Corporation
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RGLD Royal Gold Inc.
SBUX Starbucks Corporation
SCCO Southern Copper Corporation
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SHW Sherwin Williams Co.
SID Companhia Siderrgica Nacional
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SIRI Sirius XM Holdings Inc.
SLB Schlumberger Limited
SLV iShares Silver Trust
SLW Silver Wheaton Corp.
SO Southern Company
SQM Sociedad Qumica y Minera de Chile S.A.
SU Suncor Energy Inc.
TBT ProShares UltraShort Lehman 20+ Year Treasury ETF
TEF Telefonica S.A.
TEVA Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited
TM Toyota Motor Corporation
TNK Teekay Tankers Ltd
UTX United Technologies Corporation
V Visa Inc.
VALE Vale S.A.
VAR Varian Medical Systems Inc.
VVUS Vivus, Inc.
WFC Wells Fargo & Co.
WMB Williams Companies Inc
WPRT Westport Innovations Inc
WR Westar Energy Inc.
X United States Steel Corporation
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Work Experience

Founder and President
Saeculum Research
September 2013 - Present (9 years 10 months)

Founded in 2012 by demographer, economist, and historian Neil Howe, Saeculum Research provides clients with independent and unique insight into the little-understood world of demographics, generations, and social history. Our proprietary analysis, based on real-time quantitative and qualitative data, is designed to help clients anticipate market catalysts, generate ideas, and identify both new opportunities and systemic risk.


Founder and CEO
LifeCourse Associates
January 1998 - Present (25 years 9 months)

LifeCourse Associates is a publishing, speaking, and consulting company built on the generational discoveries of founding partners Neil Howe and William Strauss.

Using a visionary blend of social science and history,we interpret the qualitative nature of a generation’s collective personality to help managers and marketers leverage quantitative data in new and remarkable ways—and to lend order, meaning, and predictability to national trends. 

Senior Associate, Global Aging Initiative
January 1997 - Present (26 years 9 months)

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a bipartisan foreign-policy think tank based in Washington, DC. I assist in planning new research and writing projects for the Global Aging Initiative, a CSIS program directed by Richard Jackson which focuses on the dramatic demographic changes projected to occur over the next half century.

Random House
January 1988 - Present (35 years 11 months)

I've authored or co-authored 14 books including: On Borrowed Time (1988); Generations (1991); 13th-GEN (1993); The Fourth Turning (1997); Global Aging: The Challenge of the Next Millennium (1999); Long-Term Immigration Projection Methods (2006); Millennials and K-12 Schools (2008); The Graying of the Great Powers (2008); Millennials in the Workplace (2010)

Policy Advisor
The Concord Coalition
January 1997 - June 2010 (13 years 8 months)

The Concord Coalition is a bipartisan think tank and advocacy group in Washington DC dedicated to balancing the federal budget and to reinstilling, in our national leadership, the principles of fiscal responsibility and wise generational stewardship. I have been an advisor to the leaders of the Concord Coalition ever since its founding in 1992.

Senior Advisor on Public Policy
The Blackstone Group
January 1992 - December 2005 (14 years 2 months)

The Blackstone Group is a major financial services company, based in NYC, specializing in M&A, LBO and private-equity transactions and investments. On behalf of the chairman, Peter G. Peterson, I researched and drafted several best-selling policy books, including "Running on Empty: How the Democratic and Republican Parties Are Bankrupting Our Future and What Americans Can Do About It" (2004).


Yale University
1975 / 1980
History Additional grad study abroad in Germany (Universität Freiburg) and France (Université de Dijon).
Yale University
1975 / 1979
University of California, Berkeley
1970 / 1972
English Literature
University of California, San Diego
1969 / 1970
English Literature


The Future of Retirement in East Asia
Neil Howe, Richard Jackson, Tobias Peter, Warren Wright
Center for Strategic and International Studies

As the world’s societies age, governments and businesses are trying to look ahead and anticipate the needs of tomorrow’s growing elderly populations.  Nowhere is this more difficult to do than in emerging East Asia, where economic modernization, changing cultural norms, and rapidly aging populations are transforming retirement behavior and expectations.  Balancing Tradition and Modernity: The Future of Retirement in East Asia explores the implications of rapid development and rapid aging for retirement policy and planning in the most economically important region of the emerging world.  The report is based on a survey of workers and retirees conducted by the CSIS Global Aging Initiative in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan.  Supplemental data and other materials related to the report are available on the project website