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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  • ECONOMICS, Financial Markets

    Ted Seides, "Why I Lost My Bet With Warren Buffett"

    Bloomberg View - 3 May 2017

    Ten years ago, the fund manager made a bet with Buffett about the returns of five funds of hedge funds against a Standard & Poor’s 500 index fund. Having just lost, he draws some lessons: (1) Price matters … eventually, (2) Risk matters … eventually, (3) A passive investment in the S&P 500 is an active bet, (4) Be careful comparing apples and oranges, (5) In investing and in life, we live through only one experience out of many possibilities, (6) Long-term returns only matter if we invest for the long term (reads in 4-6 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 5 May 2017


  • ECONOMICS, Financial Markets

    Gary Belsky, "Why We Think We Are Better Investors Than We Are"

    The New York Times - metered paywall - 27 Mar 2017

    The author of “Why Smart People Make Big Money Mistakes and How to Correct Them: Lessons From the Life-Changing Science of Behavioral Economics” comments on the five most common cognitive biases that make investors believe they are smarter then they are: (1) Overconfidence, (2) Optimism bias, (3) Hindsight bias, (4) Attribution bias and (5) Confirmation bias. He gives some tips on how to correct them (reads in 5-7 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 7 April 2017


  • ECONOMICS, Eurozone, Financial Markets

    Leonid Bershidsky, "Shorting the Euro Is an Outdated Strategy"

    Bloomberg View - 16 Mar 2017

    For years we’ve expressed the conviction in the Monthly Barometer that the risks of a Eurozone disintegration are grossly overestimated by many prominent market participants (in the short and medium-term). This short article (reads in 4-5 min) does a good job at explaining why going short the € is likely to fail.

    Published in Weekly selection 17 March 2017


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