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

    Michael Spence, "Four Certainties About Populist Economics"

    Project Syndicate - 25 Jan 2017

    The Nobel laureate in economics argues that populist economics brings with it four certainties: (1) an uptick in expectations that will affect investment and consumer spending; (2) a rise in US nominal growth; (3) a change in the business culture of large US companies: they’ll be pressured not to no longer favor capital and shareholders over labor; (4) continued progress in digital technology, which is where uncertainties start. How will Trump deal with this? (reads in 4-6 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 27 January 2017


  • PSYCHOLOGY, Human condition

    Evan Osnos, "Doomsday prep for the super-rich"

    The New Yorker - 30 Jan 2017

    Confidence in the future seems to be in short supply among many of the super-rich, but they know how to hedge their risks… This article describes what “high-end survivalism” is all about: some of the wealthiest people in America are getting ready for the crackup of civilization, and more specifically for “the temporary collapse of the US government and structures”.  An insight into just how many people consider it worthwhile to prepare for chaos and the many different forms this takes. (reads in 10-15 min)!

    Published in Weekly selection 27 January 2017


  • ECONOMICS, Inequalities, Technology, Innovation

    David Siegel, "How efficiency is wiping out the middle class"

    The New York Times - metered paywall - 25 Jan 2017

    The find manager argues that the economic dislocations unleashed by computers and artificial intelligence have been vastly underestimated. He thinks we are just in the early days and his fundamental point is this: “Not all destruction is creative in the Schumpeterian sense. As we are seeing, it might just create a wasteland where middle-class communities once thrived” (reads in 5-8 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 27 January 2017


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