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, Globalization, PSYCHOLOGY, Human condition, ECONOMICS, Inequalities

    Roger Cohen, "The Madness of the Crowds"

    The New York Times - metered paywall - 28 Feb 2017

    When the wisdom of the crowds turns into madness… The editorialist ponders why there is so much anger around (but particularly in the US and Europe). Theories abound to explain why, but he thinks that “the attempt to squeeze the last cent of profit out of any operation” plays a big role by squeezing “the last trace of sentiment out of what passes for human interaction” (reads in 3-5 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 3 March 2017


  • SOCIETY, Globalization, ECONOMICS, Inequalities

    Chandran Nair, "The illusion of globalism is meeting its match in populism"

    The Financial Times - 14 Feb 2017

    The founder of GIFT argues that, as the liberal veneer wears away, the iniquity of extreme capitalism is becoming more apparent. In his opinion, the creeping disintegration of the existing global order (far from perfect, but currently the best available) reflects two trends: (1) the rejection of the fallacies and broken promises regarding the inevitability and supposed benefits of modernity, (2) the inability of many societies to cope with the “assault of modernity”. He concludes by saying: “We do not live in a new era of populism. Instead, we live in an era of gross inequality”  (reads in 4-6 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 17 February 2017


  • SOCIETY, Globalization, ECONOMICS, Investing

    Christopher Smart, "Investing in a Closed-Border World"

    Project Syndicate - 22 Dec 2016

    In a world where the cross-border movement of goods, services, and people may be reduced, companies will have to build in more redundancy within borders; and investors will need to look for firms that can profit with minimal border crossings, or that can still generate a profit despite increased protectionist friction. The market will therefore put a premium on companies that can quibble with governments and navigate contradictory regulations, rather than those that can boost productivity and open new markets (reads in 5-7 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 31 December 2016


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