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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  • SOCIETY, Ageing, ECONOMICS

    Satyajit Das, "The Old Are Eating the Young"

    Bloomberg View - 13 Jun 2017

    The generational divide is worsening around the world, with the appropriation of future wealth and resources for current consumption increasingly disadvantaging future generations. If this “generational” inequity is not addressed, social tensions will rise. The problems are manifold: increasing global indebtedness (325% of GDP) is compounded by unfunded liabilities (social services, health care, pensions) that ageing will make unsustainable; environmental degradation will result in future costs, and so on. Worrying… (reads in 7-9 min).  

    Published in Weekly selection 16 June 2017


  • SOCIETY, Ageing, PSYCHOLOGY, Wellbeing

    Anil Ananthaswamy, "Why You Can’t Help But Act Your Age"

    Nautilus - 30 Jun 2017

    A surprising relationship exists between mindset and getting old. New research shows that how old we feel (i.e. our subjective age) can influence how we age. It seems to point to the existence of an epigenetic clock. We don’t understand the precise molecular mechanism behind it, but a connection might exist between the clock and the mind. The broad conclusion: most of us are slaves to our chronological age, which is just a number… (reads in 7-9 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 16 June 2017


  • 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


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