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Publisher's Summary

Signals is the story of the world economy, told in the language of everyday objects, places and events - from magazine covers and supermarkets to public protests.

Pippa Malmgren argues that by being alert to the many signals around us, we can be empowered to deal with the varied troubles and treasures the world economy inevitably brings.

Economics is not just maths and data. Perfume and makeup are part of the world economy, too. Signals will help you understand why the size of chocolate bars, steaks and apartments are shrinking. It explains why the government says we face deflation, yet everyone feels their cost of living is rising and their standard of living is falling. Rising protein prices are felt not just during your weekly shop but by the leaders of emerging markets who are obliged to reach for food and energy assets to feed their people. The increasing near misses between America's spy planes and the fighter jets of China and Russia are no coincidence.

Malmgren reveals how our daily lives are affected by the ongoing battle, created by central bankers, between inflation and deflation. The fallout of this battle is evident in the rise of antiestablishment voting, the return of social unrest to emerging markets, the movement of manufacturing jobs back to the West and pressure from mass immigration.

Economic forces are breaking the social contract between citizens and their states. If the only real solution is innovation, then the key question becomes whether governments are hostile or hospitable to efforts to build tomorrow's economy today.

Malmgren shows us who is already building the future and how to be part of it. With its wonderful range of examples, from a Vogue magazine cover to a protest by a Tibetan monk, Signals demonstrates that although we can't predict the future of the world economy, we can better prepare ourselves for it.

Far from being the concern of only a privileged few, Malmgren shows that economics is a hot topic that touches every life.

Written and read by Dr Pippa Malmgrem.

©2016 Pippa Malmgren (P)2016 Orion Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"A tour de force." (Lord Rose, former CEO and Chairman of Marks & Spencer)
"Dr Pippa Malmgren's book is essential reading." (Dr Liam Fox, former British Defence Minister)
"Better than Piketty." (James Galbraith, Chair of Government and Business at the University of Texas)

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An Annoying Must Read

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

A very important insight is padded with superfluous libertarian ideology meaning the reader has to work to get the benefit of Malmgren's discovery.

Would you recommend Signals to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes. The ideas contained are valuable for successful forcasting

Did Signals inspire you to do anything?

Take an interest in the seemingly small things that, while outwardly insignificant, combine to make life more interesting.

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Overview of Actual Economics

The story of our nowadays economic problems are well told and explained. The books gives you an overview of our current situation but never saw the signal that would have ignited me.

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Fringework and shrinkflation explained

Solid recap of all things global economics, Fringework as the leading innovative space, and tips/examples of how to identify signals from noise. Great read!

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Excellent!

An eye opening listen. Good narration by the author. If you are not very familiar with economic influences on geopolitics, or on the various ways governments can tax you other than taxation, you will walk away wiser. Made me rethink some preconceived notions. Who knew economics could be so fascinating?

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A really good read

The author did a superb job of breaking down a challenging subject into relatable terms. I have listened to a lot of books on economics and George-politics and found this one very useful in my every day life. There are signals everywhere, we just have to recognize them when we stumble onto them.

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Very shallow ....

Have a lot of name dropping without detail analysis. Complete waste of time if you have some finance knowledge already.
Book returned.

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neoliberal right wing drivel to infantilized choir

What disappointed you about Signals?

the delivery sounds like a kindergarten school teacher reading to credulous children confusing logical tone with logic.

What do you think your next listen will be?

a history book

Would you be willing to try another one of Pippa Malmgren’s performances?

unlikely

What character would you cut from Signals?

it's non fiction?! there are no characters, save perhaps the author

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  • Fipzee
  • 06-14-17

A compelling, entertaining and thought provoking view of global economics

This book does exactly as it says- gives an insight to global economics but in a non technical/jargon way. I love the style and performance of Pippa and get the sense that this is someone who cares deeply about her subject and the need to educate and explain without peddling a strong viewpoint other than her positive message of growth and innovation. It lacks the doom and gloom predictions of some authors and is all the better for it. As I read this book I quickly thought my teenage kids needs to read this and found myself asking test questions on it - when women buy more handbags than shoes what does that tell you? Why would a monk throw a brick? What would you write in a letter to the queen to explain why no one foresaw the 2008 financial crisis? The truth is this is a book that I'd recommend to all teenagers and adults alike. I loved it from beginning to end.

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  • Kirsteen
  • 11-20-17

interesting look at the world economy

I wasn't too sure about this book to start with but I'm glad I listened to the end and will prob listen again. It taught me a lot about the world economy and covered many interesting aspects from a variety of situations. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Reuben Schwarz
  • 08-08-18

about two things, not tied together well

this book is both a beginner's guide to the GFC and economics and about signals to read the world economy. some great insights on both but not tied together well so felt disjointed at often repetitive. I bought it for the 2nd and didn't get enough of it.

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  • Karl Melrose
  • 01-18-17

Not about any kind of signalling theory and will date badly because it's mostly a political push

I'm a fan of Pippa Malmgrens work - I'll get that out in front, this isn't a criticism of her broader work, just this book.

If you're looking for something that discusses signalling theory in depth and relates it to the real world, this isn't for you.

What you'll get in this book is a series of stories about how basic occurrences in lots of places were signals of an underlying trend change. It's important to understand and after however many hours I've spent on this book I certainly get the point - but it wasn't necessarily the point I was looking for and I feel like it could have been achieved in half or less of the time.

The book also feels like it does have an ideology to push - and that's ok, but it's not a neutral read of the circumstances.

Overall it is enjoyable - but not robust or in depth. It's a comfortable read, a nice story that could have been written by many people without Pippas deep domain expertise.

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  • Philip
  • 10-04-16

Exceptional

One of those rare books which teaches a man how to fish rather than hand him fish.Thought provoking with a philosophical basis to events in the global economy.Not a book for the purely(blindly) data driven individual but one who recognizes that end results are a combination of factors (including data).Thanks Pippa.