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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  • GEOPOLITICS, Asia, Conflicts

    David Ignatius, "This is the moment of truth on North Korea"

    The Washington Post - 8 Aug 2017

    The columnist explains why The North Korean nuclear threat is a “hinge” moment for both the US and China. If Washington and Beijing manage to deal together with the issue, the door opens on a new era in which China will play a larger and more responsible role in global affairs, commensurate with its economic power. If the great powers can't cooperate, the door will slam shut - possibly triggering a catastrophic military conflict on the Korean Peninsula (reads in 3-4 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 11 August 2017


    Narayana Kocherlakota, "The Neglected Lessons of a Lost Decade"

    Bloomberg - 2 Aug 2017

    As we just celebrated the 10th anniversary of the onset of the great financial crisis, the economist and former president of the Fed of Minneapolis explains why, in some ways, the financial crisis was worse than the Great Depression. Worryingly, he sees little evidence that policymakers have learned the lessons of the last decade (reads in 3-4 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 11 August 2017

  • ECONOMICS, Financial Markets

    Ruchir Sharma, "When Will the Tech Bubble Burst?"

    The New York Times - metered paywall - 5 Aug 2017

    No bull market lasts forever: the chief global strategist at Morgan Stanley warns that the tech bubble will burst, even though it’s impossible to tell when the end will come. He points to three critical signals to get a sense of when this might happen: (1) regulation - a regulatory crackdown on tech giants as either monopolies or productivity destroyers could pop the allure of tech stocks; (2) A bigger than expected raise in interest rates; (3) Earnings falling short of analysts’ forecasts (reads in 4-6 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 11 August 2017

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