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  • Investing In The Trend To Delay Marriage.(SQNM) 0 comments
    Jun 2, 2013 7:50 PM | about stocks: SQNM

    In reading an article recently concerning male/female fertility, one thing that I hadn't realized prior to coming across this enlightening piece of research was the dramatic increase in genetic/chromosomal changes in a child's DNA as a result of "late" in life child-bearing. I don't really have a dog in the fight per se, or an opinion on this trend(as I'm sure it may be quite personal for others), but I will say that perhaps its somewhat misguided for pop-culture marketers to convey messages such as "30 is the new 20" because, according to this research; if one listens to the real arbiters of such reality, medical/biological tendencies, one will notice that one's "gametes" may not necessarily "believe the hype".

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    Either way, much has been made of the recent trend of young adults not to marry until later in life relatively speaking. With the average age of marriage now being around 29 for men, and 26 or so for women, people are getting married later, and though this doesn't mean having children later(48% of children now born out of wedlock) it may mean that some families may be more prone to screen for genetic abnormalities while their child is still developing etc(as couples begin to have children later in life).

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    Since the increase in chromosomal abnormalities becomes quite stark as women progress from their 20-30-40's it seemed as though, with couples in general making more a shared income, that their might be some way to invest in this trend. For, via the beauty of finance, even if something doesn't appear to be logical or whatnot upon first inspection, one's opinions are often irrelevant, for profiting from one's investments is surely a universal item of appreciation.

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    Needless to say this tendency may become a profitably-investable reality within several years, as the current younger generation ages. Though the market may change significantly in the next 10-15 years, a current investment that might be worthwhile to invest in this trend might be the likes of SQNM who is known for producing their sort of "screening" tests for fetus DNA profiles etc. This sort of test may become more and more important as age of first birth/marriage continues to rise, and hence this investing in SQNM at some point in the next decade or so may be a good idea to positions one's self to profit from this somewhat new social tendency.

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    Don't own any SQNM as of yet; here's a link to the article on marriage/child birth ages/implications;

    http://nationalmarriageproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/KnotYet-FinalForWeb.pdf

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    It should also be noted perhaps, that I'm not pro-or con late in life child-bearing, I realize that it's a very practical decision in many cases, and it would never be my position to judge another's personal/private decisions; especial one as personal as that of reproduction per se. I for example will most likely fall into this same boat potentially.

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