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Economic signals are everywhere, from magazine covers to grocery stores to military events. They reveal the story of the world economy. The rising price but shrinking size of a steak, a candy bar and an apartment not only cause pain at home, they also propel some nations to deploy their militaries to secure resources and protect their citizens from higher prices.By being alert to signals anyone can start to navigate through the turbulence to the treasures of the world economy instead of being overwhelmed and surprised by it.

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James Galbraith, Chairman Department of Government, University of Texas "better than Piketty". 

Sir Stuart Rose, former Chairman Marks and Spencer "a Tour de Force". 

Liam Fox, former UK Defence Minister, "impressive and groundbreaking". 

Toshio Fukui, Former Governor Bank of Japan, "fascinating, stimulating book! First-class quality."

Peter van Manen Head of Tech at Mclaren (F1) says "opens our eyes".  

Peter Pereira Gray, Wellcome Trust  ;"A delightfully easy read, a precious gift indeed "

Rohan Bedi, 16 year old student " absolutely loved reading it".

Leslie Sheppard from MIT's Forum for Supply Chain Innovation "gives us great optimism". 

Art Laffer, former Presidential Economic Advisor "Making economics colorful, intelligible, cool and accessible to the general public, Pippa has written a winner for one and all."

Major General Nick Pope CBE, Master of Signals Intelligence, British Ministry of Defence "This book was surely written with me in mind! It's a fascinating read. Full of lateral insights"

Tidjane Thiam, CEO Prudential Plc" provocative ideas and a unique and useful perspective."

Heidi Roizen Operating Partner, DFJ and Board of DMGT  "Dr. Pippa Malmgren's book is a must read, full of insights into what our 'regular' world can tell us about the future shape of our economic reality."

Philip Blackwell, former owner Blackwell's books "This timely book combines an engaging and accessible style with a fresh lens through which to think about and start making sense of the fast changing world we live in."

Bob Jenkins, former Bank of England ";One lesson remains to be relearned since the financial crisis – geopolitical risk. Learn it here."

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Gist of Signals

Economic signals are everywhere, from magazine covers to grocery stores to military events. They reveal the story of the world economy. Central bankers have done their best to conjure forth inflation in the hopes that this will vanquish deflation but the risk is that our daily lives, and the sustainability of governments, will be affected by an ongoing battle between these two forces. There will be important consequences.

Quantitative Easing is now catching people in a vice by pushing up their cost of living even as their income is still falling. This breaks the vital social contracts between citizens and their governments and sets in motion many seemingly unrelated outcomes: social unrest in emerging markets, the movement of manufacturing and jobs back to the US and the West, improvements to the value added of emerging market firms, higher food and energy prices. The rising price, but shrinking size, of a steak, a candy bar and an apartment not only cause pain at home, they also propel some nations to deploy their militaries to secure resources and protect their citizens from the ill effects of inflation and deflation alike. This is already resulting in military confrontations, incidents and near misses between American, Chinese and Russian planes, warships and submarines.

The solution is growth and innovation. Luckily, anonymous individuals are balancing their hubris against the risk of failure and proceeding to build a more dynamic economy and the new social contracts that will exist tomorrow. The only question is whether governments are hostile or hospitable to these efforts. By being alert to the many signals around us anyone can better navigate through the turbulence to the treasures of the world economy instead of being continuously overwhelmed and surprised by it.

 

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Dr. Pippa Malmgren has spoken to audiences worldwide about the ideas in this book:

Institutional Investor  voted the best/favourite.

The Economist, excellent...inundated with enthusiastic feedback

GDF Suez University clear and powerful ,relevant and inspiring

GAIM Showstopper status: charisma, intelligence and chutzpah  ability to captivate a room is uncanny.

Urban Land Institute invaluable

Institute of Family Business absolutely fascinating, spellbinding and breathtaking

HSCB highlight of the day

Linklaters LLP A huge success wide-ranging, at times controversial, but always engaging and thought provoking.

Fund Forum Middle East countless recommendations

Oil Club brilliant and fascinating

New York Observer at The Economist Buttonwood Conference wrote,

Three of the most important men in banking, mustachioed PIMCO CEO Mohamed El-Erian, unsmiling Deutsche Bank star Anshu Jain and the slight S&P president Deven Sharma, were outshined by Philippa Malmgren, a former adviser to George W. Bush. Link

Women Economists Are Better Forecasters according to the WSJ Link  via @WSJ