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, Employment/unemployment, Technology, Innovation, SOCIETY, Social unrest

    Michael Coren, "Luddites have been getting a bad rap for 200 years. But, turns out, they were right"

    Quartz - 30 Apr 2017

    Things did not end well for the Luddites  - the skilled, middle-class workers crushed by the British government in 1812 after resisting industrialization. The history of their rebellion is more relevant than ever. This interview is a must-read to understand whether more profit sharing between those who’ll profit from automation and the rest is a necessity or not (reads in 6-8 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 5 May 2017


  • ECONOMICS, Global Growth, SOCIETY, Social unrest

    Ruchir Sharma, "The Boom Was a Blip"

    Foreign Affairs (metered paywall) - 30 Apr 2017

    Morgan Stanley’s chief global strategist explains why we should get used to slow growth. He argues that the several decades after World War II during which the global economy grew at an average pace close to four percent were an anomaly and should be recognized as such. He sums up the causes of the current slowdown as the Three Ds: depopulation, deleveraging, and de-globalization; and warns that the growing disconnect between the political mood and the economic reality could prove dangerous (reads in 7-10 min). 

    Published in Weekly selection 29 April 2017


  • ECONOMICS, Global Growth, SOCIETY, Social unrest

    Ken Rogoff, "Growing Out of Populism?"

    Project Syndicate - 4 Apr 2017

    The Harvard economist observes that despite a populist-propelled wave of political tumult, global growth is set to outperform expectations in 2017. Now that the global growth outlook is improving, sensible policies could make the next several years a bit better than the last – certainly for advanced economies, and perhaps for most others as well. He argues that populism remains a wildcard, which will be kept at bay only if growth picks up fast enough (reads in 4-6 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 7 April 2017


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