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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  • ECONOMICS, Monetary Policy

    Nouriel Roubini, "The New Abnormal in Monetary Policy"

    Project Syndicate - 10 Jul 2017

    At a time when central banks are winding down unconventional monetary policies, Roubini argues that they’ll have to reintroduce them if another recession or financial crisis occurs. The reason? Even if they can get the equilibrium rate back to 3% before the next recession hits, they still won’t have enough room to maneuver effectively. Interest-rate cuts will run into the zero lower bound before they can have a meaningful impact on the economy, leaving central banks with just four options (reads in 5-7 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 14 July 2017


  • ECONOMICS, Monetary Policy

    Sebastian Mallaby, "Will Trump Destroy the Dollar?"

    The Atlantic - 31 May 2017

    The market consensus that the USD is in a secular bull run is so strong that it’s worth paying attention to what might prove it wrong. The think-tanker explains why, for the first time in a generation, it is possible to imagine a concerted attack on the Fed. In the past, attempts to meddle with it for political gain caused investors to fear future inflation, resulting in higher long-term interest rates, and in turn dampening economic growth (reads in 6-9 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 19 May 2017


  • ECONOMICS, Emerging Markets, Monetary Policy, GEOPOLITICS, New world order

    Stephen Roach, "A World Turned Inside Out"

    Project Syndicate - 26 Apr 2017

    The pendulum of world economic growth has swung dramatically from advanced countries to the emerging economies. It is a stunning development that raises at least three fundamental questions about our understanding of macroeconomics: (1) it’s time to rethink the role of monetary policy, (2) the developing world is now far less dependent on the global trade cycle and more reliant on internal demand, (3) China has played a disproportionate role in reshaping the world economy (reads in 5-7 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 29 April 2017


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