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Signals: How Everyday Signs Can Help us Navigate the Turbulent Economy

Sunday 26 March 2017

1 Hour


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Economic adviser Dr Pippa Malmgren explains how being aware of the signals around you can alert you to the troubles and opportunities the world economy brings.

Malmgren says being alert to those signals allowed her to correctly predict the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election. She argues that economics is about more than maths and data and that signals can help you understand many things from why your chocolate bar is shrinking in size to why you feel your cost of living is rising and standard of living is falling when a government says it is facing deflation. Malmgren says economic forces are breaking the contract between citizens and state and the result is a rise in anti-establishment voting.

Malmgren is a former presidential adviser and chief currency adviser for Bankers Trust. She was recently named a non-executive director of the Department of International Trade and is often seen and heard on BBC news programmes.