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”.

Subscribers of the Monthly Barometer can access curated Weekly Selections as part of their subscription. 

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  • SOCIETY, Ageing

    Amelia Hill, "A World Without Retirement"

    The Guardian - 5 Apr 2017

    Simply put, we are entering the age of no retirement. This article focuses on the UK but what it describes and the lessons it draws apply across many countries around the world. In a few decades, we will all need to keep working into our 80s if we want to enjoy the same standard of retirement as our parents. In addition, the raising of the state retirement age will create a new form of social inequality. Most societies are totally unprepared for this major change that is fast coming (reads in 8-10 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 7 April 2017


  • SOCIETY, Ageing, Technology, Innovation

    Tad Friend, "Silicon Valley’s Quest to Live Forever"

    The New Yorker - 4 Apr 2017

    Even though no single molecule is the answer to the puzzle of aging, many successful entrepreneurs want to believe that billions of dollars’ worth of high-tech research could eventually succeed in making death optional. This article reviews their quest for immortality, or at the very least “healthy longevity”. It is long (reads in more than 20 min.) but very well researched.

    Published in Weekly selection 1 April 2017


  • SOCIETY, Ageing, PSYCHOLOGY, Wellbeing

    David Steinsaltz, "Will 90 Become The New 60?"

    Nautilus - 16 Mar 2017

    As our lifespans have increased, so too have our active years. So much so that the issue has now become one of “health-span” (“adding not more years to life, but more life to years.”). The Oxford professor of statistics ponders for how long this can go on. In particular, he examines in quite some detail the “morbidity-compression” concept (youth should take up a greater portion of our lifespan over time) that has now become a target for future health policy (reads in 6-9 min). 

    Published in Weekly selection 17 March 2017


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