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2021-11-26T14:48:16+01:0026 November 2021|

How US NatCon fits into and helps explain worldwide illiberalism. Waiting too long to taper risks resulting in higher and more sustained inflation. Could the vigour of Xi’s current policies stem from confidence rather than urgency? How not to lose the superpower of hope in face of the climate crisis. Acceptance is an essential ingredient to achieve meaningful (and effective) mindfulness.

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2021-11-19T08:38:18+01:0019 November 2021|

There is an evolving osmosis between worktime and vacation. Is current inflation transient or not – the debate goes on. Glasgow didn’t achieve enough, activists and shifting attitudes could do more in the near future. Human innovation continues to flourish. Yet we undervalue imagination at our peril.

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2021-11-25T14:27:24+01:0012 November 2021|

US-China relations should not be reduced to good or bad, it’s the nuance between the two that could equate to a more stable world order. Fiction can help us make sense of reality; information overload might not be so helpful. Two new weapons: vaccinating the youngest members of society and a therapeutic drug could spell victory over the Covid [...]

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2021-11-15T09:35:31+01:005 November 2021|

The roots of the great resignation run deeper than job fatigue. The inflationary nature (or not) of deglobalization comes under scrutiny. That climate change will provoke mass migration is a given, the right response to it is not. New science is emerging about human energy. More established science now tells us what can help us keep our brains healthy [...]

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2021-11-15T09:35:44+01:0029 October 2021|

Why the climate crisis represents the biggest market failure in history. Why failure to effectively confront domestic inequalities could lead to global conflict and uncontrollable climate change. Higher levels of inflation are here to stay and require a concrete response from central banks. What is nature’s true value? Why putting a price on it matters. Why resisting the darker, [...]

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2021-11-15T09:35:56+01:0022 October 2021|

The ‘Cornwall Consensus’ heralds the end of a free-market driven agenda and the return of state to the economic arena. Rather than a united effort, the NZE2050 agenda risks pitting rich minority countries against the poor majority ones. What’s on the AI agenda for the next two decades and its consequences (good and less good). Over focus on Covid-19 [...]

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2021-11-15T09:36:45+01:0015 October 2021|

Where and how governments must now invest to redeem the failure of past climate policy. The ordinary Chinese citizen turned property investor (apartment purchaser) could be the hardest hit by the Evergrande debacle. An ugly tale of an investment strategy that is wreaking havoc in the newsrooms of the US. The ten tech trends currently attracting most attention and [...]

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2021-11-15T09:36:37+01:008 October 2021|

The ever more pressing need to prioritise financial stability will erode central bank independence. The fall-out from a ‘Hydra of bottlenecks’ is being felt throughout the US. Flaky methodology, still mostly driven by profit not planet, means that ESG funds are often more ‘greenwashed’ than genuinely green and good for society. Lifting the lid on the shady treasure ‘chest’ where [...]

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2021-11-15T09:37:59+01:001 October 2021|

Why humanity is on the move again and the contingent challenges. Why the labour force has frequently missed out on the spoils of economic growth. Why a hybrid formula between remote and in situ (but not necessarily the office) working could be the ideal solution. Why rationality doesn’t matter anymore, and why this matters. Why the ‘liking gap’ can [...]

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2021-11-15T09:38:09+01:0024 September 2021|

Why Evergrande’s debt crisis could have global economic consequences. The winners and losers in the future jobs market. Wishful thinking, not hard science, is currently creating inflated optimism about the potential of lab-grown protein to feed the world. Really tackling air pollution will do far more than clean up the air we breathe – the widespread health implications are [...]

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2021-11-22T14:00:19+01:0010 September 2021|

Achieving sustainable economic growth is inextricably linked to investing in nature. Future business success tomorrow requires understanding why so many are quitting their jobs today. The tech community’s obsession today with creating an infinite number of tomorrows. In the last decade and half, technology has revolutionized the publishing industry and its not finished yet. Discover the potential ‘returns’ on [...]

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2021-11-15T09:38:45+01:003 September 2021|

The pandemic has revealed a collective inability of our leaders to govern today’s globalized and inextricably interconnected world. Stagflation as a real threat to economic outlook cannot be ruled out. New research suggests that brains don’t systematically stagnate with age – some vital abilities even get better. Science is short-changing both young and old sufferers of long COVID. The [...]

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2021-08-27T10:39:02+02:0027 August 2021|

The Weekly Selection is on vacation. Please find below five past articles on what should be our focus while on holiday: friends, regaining time [...]

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2021-08-20T12:32:47+02:0020 August 2021|

Better aligning value with values could ‘correct’ capitalism. How we all (and the US in particular) lost Afghanistan. Global FDI will pick up but [...]

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2021-08-13T11:54:59+02:0013 August 2021|

Why obligatory vaccination today can be compared with compulsory seatbelts of the past. Why the origins of current social divides could lie in an [...]

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2021-08-06T11:41:36+02:006 August 2021|

Endless quantitative easing runs risks, but so does tapering too soon. Many US workers prioritise the benefits of working from home above everything – [...]

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2021-07-30T12:57:19+02:0030 July 2021|

Pressure in China to control animal spirits risks crushing the confidence so vital for its economy. The adverse pressure exerted by climate change on [...]

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2021-07-26T09:23:35+02:0023 July 2021|

Only holistic and systemic solutions can solve the world's existential problems. Has China the potential to be a global champion? Global togetherness – considered [...]

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2021-07-16T14:30:58+02:0016 July 2021|

As an AI productivity boom now looks probable, we need to prepare for it. Opinions on whether we should be preparing for inflation are shifting. [...]

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2021-07-09T13:50:12+02:009 July 2021|

Sustainability, not going back to a pre-Covid normal, should be the primary policy objective. Formally ‘normal’ taxation dynamics are set to change. So is US [...]

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2021-07-02T20:49:57+02:002 July 2021|

Thanks to technology and scale, winners are increasingly ‘taking all’. Despite the tragic loss of life it has (is) caused(ing) the pandemic might yet be [...]

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2021-07-02T20:45:39+02:0025 June 2021|

How capitalist really is China? More than we tend to think. To become a reality, the post-Covid productivity premium needs robust demand and ongoing [...]

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2021-06-18T13:51:22+02:0018 June 2021|

Post-pandemic life-work re-assessment is resulting in an unexpected wave of employees quitting their jobs. Bitcoin has no innate value – but this doesn’t stop [...]

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2021-06-11T13:22:14+02:0011 June 2021|

Ambitious Chinese youth are involuting, but it’s not an exclusively Chinese phenomenon. There are lessons on crisis management to be learnt from COVID. Central [...]

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2021-06-04T14:07:38+02:004 June 2021|

Why supply chains can’t meet demand. What might derail the post-pandemic economic rally? Bankruptcies, cyber threats and underestimating the environmental time bomb. Climate tipping [...]

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2021-05-28T11:30:55+02:0028 May 2021|

A never-seen-before decline in world demographics will require innovative adaptation. What are the must-haves that will determine if a country emerges successfully post the [...]

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2021-05-21T09:40:53+02:0021 May 2021|

Can we be ready for the inevitable and imminent disruption due to AI?  The perennity of any recovery depends on how ready policy makers [...]

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2021-05-14T12:10:42+02:0014 May 2021|

Active pursuit of solutions across the board could be a source of cautious climate optimism. While optimism is challenged by the inevitability of the [...]

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2021-05-07T12:44:07+02:007 May 2021|

Some warming up means the engine of the US economy is running again. It is unrealistic to expect the ‘rest’ to rise homogenously – [...]

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2021-04-30T13:26:40+02:0030 April 2021|

Silicon Valley no longer has the monopoly on high growth sectors. Exponentials work both ways: exponential (virus) decay could be faster than we initially [...]

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2021-04-23T11:14:28+02:0023 April 2021|

AI could threaten the very fabric of society, but it doesn’t have to – we have a choice. US now sees China as the [...]

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2021-04-16T13:33:22+02:0016 April 2021|

Further arguments weigh in on the side of stagflation in the ongoing inflation/deflation debate. The race against global warming demands systemic change for our [...]

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2021-04-15T11:31:48+02:009 April 2021|

An essential and relatively simple response to the climate crisis is to eat less meat. Improvement in three seemingly simple areas would underpin societal [...]

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2021-04-15T11:31:57+02:002 April 2021|

GEP is measuring nature’s ‘gifts’ to Shenzhen. Current debates about inflation aren’t taking into account the importance of China. The potential for new opportunities [...]

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2021-04-15T11:33:46+02:0026 March 2021|

The end of a unipolar world could be the cue for a ‘Concert of Nations’. What are the possible overtures to an overheating economy? [...]

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2021-04-15T11:32:56+02:0019 March 2021|

How tech ghost corporations have changed the stock market and taken the capital out of capitalism. Other sectors, beyond tech, namely service industries, are [...]

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2021-04-15T11:33:28+02:0012 March 2021|

Friends matter even more than we might imagine. Might we be underestimating the likelihood and impact of longer term inflation? Asian democratic technocracy is [...]

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2021-04-15T11:34:11+02:005 March 2021|

Authoritarianism is at the same time China’s greatest strength and an innate weakness. If history is anything to go by, populism is here to [...]

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2021-04-15T11:34:23+02:0026 February 2021|

Will life be better or worse in 2025? It could go either way. Better pay could lead to more jobs, not fewer.  The ongoing [...]

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2021-04-15T11:34:41+02:0019 February 2021|

Business and central banks will weigh in on the side a circular economy.  The latter, together with re-thinking growth and retreating from nature are [...]

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2021-04-15T11:35:16+02:0012 February 2021|

Escalating US-China competition is a given, military conflict need not be. What has COVID changed for good? Almost definitely our working habits – flexible [...]

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2021-04-15T11:36:22+02:005 February 2021|

There is an emerging realization that failing to recognize the real value of nature has negative fallout in many areas of our lives. Thinking [...]

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2021-04-15T11:36:33+02:0022 January 2021|

A ‘post- American’ world is perhaps closer than we think. Will this involve China challenging the dollar’s exorbitant privilege? Yes. Conspiracy theories, however, look set [...]

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2021-04-15T11:36:45+02:0015 January 2021|

The post-pandemic world will not be going back to a pre-COVID ‘normal’ – whatever that was. Some argue it might see the return of inflation. [...]

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2021-04-15T11:37:30+02:008 January 2021|

What happened on Capitol Hill was shocking but not as surprising as it might have seemed.  Checkout other ‘expected surprises’ for 2021.  The real threat [...]

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2021-04-15T11:37:39+02:0018 December 2020|

Longer-term returns could be a better investment objective in the future. More patience could have improved the West’s response to the pandemic. New accounting standards [...]

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2021-04-15T11:38:15+02:0013 December 2020|

Dani Rodrik, Tackling Inequality from the Middle (Project Syndicate, December 10, 2019) The rise of populist movements and street protests around the world has made [...]

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2021-04-15T11:38:46+02:0011 December 2020|

We can learn something from the trees: it’s not only the fittest that thrive – knowing how to co-operate is also key to survival. Low-interest [...]

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2021-04-15T11:38:55+02:004 December 2020|

A bipolar world is not inevitable – there may be an advantageous ‘quadripolar’ alternative. Can democracy be rescued from the grip of Big Tech? Progress [...]

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2021-04-15T11:39:03+02:0027 November 2020|

What fixing economic inequality might look like in the OECD. In post-pandemic Asia government is likely to be ‘bigger’. Feeding on all political trends global [...]

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