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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Curation of weekly selections – A distillation of the opinions that count!




Kenneth Rogoff
Filter: Category: ECONOMICS > Financial sector
  • 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

  • ECONOMICS, Financial sector

    Satyajit Das, "Can the World Deal With a New Bank Crisis?"

    Bloomberg View - 27 Jul 2016

    The former banker / author asserts that the problem of non-performing loans – there are more than $3 trillion in stressed loan assets worldwide  - is starker now than it was before the global financial crisis. He worries that the traditional solutions to banking crises (strong earnings for banks, capital infusions, a process to dispose of bad loans and industry reforms) no longer seem available or effective (reads in 5-7 min). 

    Published in Weekly selection 30 July 2016

  • ECONOMICS, China, Financial sector

    Christopher Balding, "The Shadow Looming Over China"

    Bloomberg View - 6 Jun 2016

    The professor of business and economics (based in Shenzhen) explains simply, but with enough details, why the Chinese shadow banking system is a disaster in the making. Opaque financial products are entangled in a web of cross-ownership that evokes disturbing parallels with the US mortgage securities market just before the 2008 crash. The government is now aware of this systemic threat, but a small-scale panic could turn into a liquidity crisis, and possibly a financial one (reads in about 6-8 min).  

    Published in Weekly selection 10 June 2016

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