In today’s hyper-connected world, analysis has become a mere commodity. Retrieving it – let alone information – is like drinking from a fire hydrant. For example, Googling “global economic growth" yields 61 million results; “Eurozone deflation”, 1 million; “tensions in south-east Asia”, 2 million, and so on... It should therefore come as no surprise that we get easily lost in this myriad of information and analysis.
In the face of analysis overload, it becomes invaluable to sift, select and frame the issues and opinions that matter. This is why The Monthly Barometer came up with a Weekly Selection of op-eds and articles. Each week, we select just five of them (out of hundreds that are sent to us by our network) that we frame in two or three sentences. These five pieces convey in a succinct and accessible manner the thinking of people whose opinions matter the most in a variety of macro fields: economics, geopolitics, society, environment, technology and psychology. They constitute a “formidable” shortcut to complex analysis by offering insights and snapshots that can be read in just a few minutes and are easy to digest. For those keen to make sense of today’s world, The Weekly Selections are a must-read. They constitute the best antidote to information and analysis overload.
As a new service, The Monthly Barometer is now offering to its subscribers, and a potentially much larger group, a curation of all The Weekly Selections. On any given macro issue, it will be possible to access the best thinking at the tap of key. This service should therefore be of particular interest to researchers and students enabling them as it does to grasp with ease “who said what and when”.
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Curation of weekly selections – A distillation of the opinions that count!
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Constance Gustke, "The Hottest Start-Up Market? Baby Boomers"
The New York Times - metered paywall - 3 Aug 2016
More and more companies and entrepreneurs are plugging into a wealthy slice of the over-50 demographic called the longevity market. In the US alone, an estimated 75 million baby boomers generate an annual economic activity equivalent to $7.6 trillion. The biggest market opportunity for start-ups is older Americans rather than hip millennials. The point to remember: “Every dissonance of age is a marketing opportunity.” (reads in about 8 min).
Published in Weekly selection 5 August 2016
Niall Ferguson, "The clash of generations"
The Boston Globe - 6 Jun 2016
The historian argues that the great struggle of our time may turn out to be between the generations. It’s a global phenomenon that matters more than class. In most developed countries, the young and as yet unborn citizens will either pay much higher taxes than their parents and grandparents or receive much less in terms of social security, or some combination of the two (reads in 4-5 min).
Published in Weekly selection 10 June 2016
Linda Marsa, "Retiring Retirement"
Nautilus - 26 May 2016
This inspiring article shows why the common wisdom (or “narrative”…) about ageing may be off the mark. Often, global ageing is described as a “cataclysmic” process, bound to bring economic misery and societal upheaval. Not quite true! As one academic says: “Today’s seniors are healthier, better educated, and more productive than ever.” It is the word productive that matters here. Gaining more active years free of debilitating illness will change the economics of ageing. (reads in about 13-15 min)
Published in Weekly selection 3 June 2016
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