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 sector

    Bethany McLean, "How Wells Fargo’s Cutthroat Corporate Culture Allegedly Drove Bankers to Fraud"

    Vanity Fair - 30 Jun 2017

    This is a most enjoyable and readable account of an all too common tale of excess and greed. Most Americans want to believe that their bank accounts are sacrosanct. But with the major scandal unfolding at Wells Fargo, angry former employees illuminate the alarming pressure that allegedly led local bankers to defraud perhaps more than a million customers (a long read: about 15 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 2 June 2017


  • ECONOMICS, Financial Markets, Financial sector

    Timothy Geithner, "Are we Safe Yet? How to Manage Financial Crises?"

    Foreign Affairs (metered paywall) - 1 Feb 2017

    This is a longish (reads in more than 15 min), in-depth and thoughtful article from the “ultimate insider” – the person who was in charge of the US Treasury during the great financial crisis. Assessing whether the financial system is safer today requires that we assess: (1) the underlying fragility of the system; (2) the ability to limit the intensity of a crisis; (3) what the other powers necessary to prevent a financial crisis from spiraling out of control can do. On these three counts, Geithner explains why he’s worried and what he would do.

    Published in Weekly selection 3 February 2017


  • ECONOMICS, Financial sector

    Nicholas Confessore, "How to Hide $400 Million"

    The New York Times Magazine - metered paywall - 30 Nov 2016

    This is long article (15-20 min) that reads like a detective story. It tells the story of a woman married to a wealthy businessman set on divorcing her.  At a time when transparency is evermore ubiquitous their
fortune nonetheless vanished in an almost impenetrable array of shell companies, bank accounts and trusts. The quest to find it would reveal the depths
of an offshore financial system bigger than the U.S. economy.

    Published in Weekly selection 2 December 2016


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