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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  • ECONOMICS, China

    Edoardo Campanella, "Beijing's Debt Dilemma"

    Foreign Affairs (metered paywall) - 29 Jun 2017

    This article explains in simple and unambiguous terms why China's ballooning corporate debt has become a threat to the global economy. At the moment, the Chinese authorities keep inflating away the debt, but they will soon have to perform an economically complicated and politically sensitive balancing act: reining in credit growth while supporting only the most efficient firms (reads in 3-4 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 30 June 2017


  • ECONOMICS, China, GEOPOLITICS, China

    Stephen Roach, "Rethinking the Next China"

    Project Syndicate - 25 May 2017

    The article’s title is the name of a popular course Roach has given at Yale since 2010. Once an adapter to globalization, China is increasingly a driver of it. The Next China is becoming a Global China, upping the ante on its connection to an increasingly integrated world. It is shaping up to be more outwardly focused, more assertive, and more power-centric than Roach envisaged a few years ago. At the same time, there appears to be less commitment to a market-based reform agenda featuring private consumption and SOE restructuring (reads in 5-6 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 26 May 2017


  • ECONOMICS, China, Technology, Innovation

    Adam Minter, "China Is the Future of the Sharing Economy"

    Bloomberg View - 19 May 2017

    The columnist argues that, despite money being wasted and companies merging or going bust, the sharing economy has a brighter future in China than almost anywhere else. He bases his optimism on three factors: (1) China's demographic profile; (2) the rapidly changing nature of Chinese consumption; and (3) the degree to which the Chinese consumer has embraced mobile payment systems (reads in 4-6 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 19 May 2017


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