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!
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Domingo Cavallo, "Greece can still avoid a catastrophic exit from the Eurozone"
VOXeu - 1 Jul 2015
In the chorus of divergent opinions and conflicting advice on what Greece should do, the idea that it should follow Argentina’s experience (by reintroducing the drachma that would then sharply devalue) is gaining traction, with some pundits (like Stiglitz) claiming that this example shows that “there is life” after a devaluation. In this short posting that reads in 2 minutes, the former Argentinian policy-maker explains why this is a terrible idea.
Published in Weekly selection 10 July 2015
Joseph E. Stiglitz and Martin Guzman, "Argentina's Griesafault"
Project Syndicate - 7 Aug 2014
Another take on Argentina’s recent default. The two economists argue that US federal judge Thomas Griesa’s ruling prevents Argentina from fulfilling its obligations and simply encourages usurious behavior and threatens the functioning of international financial markets. They also make the point that a “repayment on Griesa’s terms would devastate Argentina’s economy”.
Published in Weekly selection 9 August 2014
Ruchir Sharma, "Booms, busts and protests – normal life in emerging countries"
The Financial Times - paywall - 1 Jul 2013
The Morgan Stanley’s head of global macro explains why the current events in emerging markets do not mark the end of the emerging world miracle, but simply a return to the “normal postwar cycle of recession and recovery, political unrest and calm, after a misleadingly placid decade”. He reminds us that for every emerging nation mired in crisis, there is one reforming (like Mexico) and booming (like the Philippines).
Published in Weekly selection 5 July 2013
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