The McKinsey week in Charts

American ‘sandwich generation’ caregivers suffer the most

Those who are a parent and a caregiver of an adult report the highest rate of mental-health symptoms, reporting high levels of anxiety, COVID-19 TSRD (trauma- and stressor-related disorder), and alarmingly, a full 52 % experienced “active suicidal ideation,” sometimes referred to as serious suicidal thoughts.

To read the interview, see “Supporting unpaid caregivers in crisis: A talk with Alexandra Drane,” October 6, 2021.

The medtech marketing future will be digitised

Like many industries, medtech companies shifted to omnichannel strategies as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some marketing methods are more popular than others: while just over half of European medtech businesses launched products via online conferences, more than three-fourths of US companies were willing to go this route.

To read the article, see The rise of digital marketing in medtechs,” September 24, 2021.

Sprinting through marathons

As we’ve seen during the COVID-19 pandemic, when leaders and the organization align to act, rapid change can actually happen. This is glaringly obvious when it comes to digital M&A. Time spent on implementing changes was drastically reduced from hundreds of days to less than a month.

To read the article, see “Strategy for a digital world,” October 8, 2021.


Make way for the golden age of transport infrastructure

Significant transport infrastructure spending is on the horizon. From now until 2040, approximately $2 trillion in transport infrastructure investments would be needed every year, with large investments projected for road improvements.

To read the article, see “Built to last: Making sustainability a priority in transport infrastructure,” October 1, 2021.

Turbulence in the global payments pool

Global payment revenues have been on a downward trajectory as the result of the pandemic. Even the Asia–Pacific region, which normally outpaces other areas in revenue growth, saw a contraction of 6 percent in 2020. Still, this year’s global payments revenues could be closer to 2019 figures, setting a foundation for a broader recovery.

To read the article, see “Global payments 2021: Transformation amid turbulent undercurrents,” October 7, 2021.