By Thierry Malleret, Co-Founder, The Monthly Barometer


2015 will harbor both nice and nasty surprises. We can’t forecast exactly what they will be, but we can try to guess…

The good ones: (1) the U.S. economy continuing to improve; (2) the Eurozone proving again more resilient than assumed; and (3) the reformists in large developing countries like India and Indonesia delivering on their commitments.

And some bad ones, all too plausible: (1) China decelerating much too fast; (2) an oil or commodity-country collapsing; (3) Putin mishandling Russia’s economic decline; (4) a devastating cyber-attack; and (5) a catastrophic epidemic or climate disaster.

Now let’s look at some key wellness trends ahead, in no particular order:

(1) Digital and physical will converge—mobile will be key
(2) “Personalization,” supported by technology, will grow fast
(3) Wellness will expand in a more forceful manner in the hospitality world (with wellness hotels, wellness restaurants, wellness airlines and so on)
(4) The Millennials will drive consumption patterns (more authenticity, experience favored over mere consumption, doing and being over having)
(5) Lengthening telomeres—by walking, being outdoors, meditating, practicing yoga, eating more plants, etc. —will be all the rage
(6) Insurance companies and governments will “nudge” their customers and citizens to opt for preventative medicine


Thierry Malleret is the co-founder and primary author of the Monthly Barometer, a predictive analysis provided exclusively to private investors and today’s most influential opinion and decision-makers. Previously he was a senior partner at IJ (Informed Judgement) Partners, an investment boutique for ultra-high-net-worth individuals based in Geneva. Thierry also founded and directed the Global Risk Network at the World Economic Forum (WEF), bringing together top opinion and policymakers, CEOs and academics to consider how global issues will affect business and society in the short and long term. For a number of years, Thierry conceived and implemented the WEF program at Davos. He holds MAs (in economics and history) and a PhD in Economics. He writes a Wellness Edition of his Monthly Barometer, exclusively for the Global Wellness Institute. For a copy of the full report, join the GWI as a Member or Ambassador.

One thought on “GWI Barometer Excerpt Thierry Malleret (February 4, 2015)”

  1. Great insight and agree, but also think that we have to see more nutrition in our wellness services. Yes, agree that nutrition is part of wellness, but very little focus on what is probably the most important contributor to wellness.

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