The sandwich generation, the top emerging markets, P2P takes on banks
–Bloomberg Businessweek ranks the Top 20 emerging markets.
-A new report finds a “steep jump” in the percentage of Americans planning to delay retirement, as The Wall Street Journal reports.
-Mintel outlines the rising consumer power of “little emperors and empresses”—China’s middle- and upper-class children—as reported in the South China Morning Post.
-Pew research finds greater pressure on America’s “sandwich generation,” with more 40- and 50-somethings supporting both children and parents, reports USA Today.
-A Forbes cover story takes a look at the rise of the peer-to-peer economy.
-The FT examines how peer-to-peer lending platforms are aiming to take on traditional banks.
-YouGov published its list of top U.S. brands for 2012, as Adweek reports.
–The New York Times reports that “binge viewing” is affecting the way American TV shows are scripted and distributed.
–The Economist spotlights TV’s “third wave” and the advent of high-quality online programming, one of our 100 Things to Watch in 2013.
–USA Today reports that “the traditional video game industry is primed for a reboot.”
-With e-commerce prices now fluctuating frequently, The New York Times reports on the rise of tracking tools that help consumers “outwit” online retailers.
-A new report from Flurry finds that “shopping and commerce is finally beginning to take off on mobile platforms,” as TechCrunch reports.
–The International Herald Tribune examines the EU’s ambitious plan to bring electric vehicles and hybrids into the mainstream.
-French consumers are losing interest in domestic cars, and in buying cars more generally, reports The New York Times.
-A new study finds that American college graduates are increasingly overqualified for the jobs they’re in, as USA Today reports.
-With the U.S. becoming a “permanent temp economy,” a sociology professor outlines the evolution of employer attitudes toward temp workers in The New York Times.
-A Time cover story on the “rise of the drones” describes these devices as “one of a handful of genuinely transformative technologies to emerge in the past 10 years.”
-The FT takes a look at the rapid rise of graphene, “the world’s latest miracle product.”
–The Wall Street Journal chronicles the proliferation of high-priced and well-designed goods targeting “modern homesteaders.”
–The New York Times looks at the rise of so-called doomsday preppers.
–The Guardian reports on a rash of cookbooks due from street food vendors.
–Time ponders whether there’s a future for same-day delivery and online grocery shopping.
–The New Republic notes the “unlikely revival of a fusty old label”—the word “lady.”
–The latest in Forbes’ series on the driverless car makes the case that we should start paying serious attention to Google’s innovation sooner rather than later.