Ep 55: The Global Macro Economy – What exactly is it and why its important when it comes to being a successful investor

Ep 55: The Global Macro Economy – What exactly is it and why its important when it comes to being a successful investor


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During this week’s Cocktail Investing episode, Tematica’s Chris Versace interviews none other than Tematica’s Chief Macro Strategist, Lenore Hawkins, to discuss among other things how the global macro landscape fits into our thematic lens and why it is so important to investors and business folks alike.

During the conversation, Lenore reveals how she became fascinated with understanding the economy, as well as the why behind it. In sharing her biggest misstep with the economy, Lenore shares how listeners can benefit from those learnings as well as what tools she uses to not only stay on top of all the data, but how to put it into perspective. As Lenore explains, in today’s increasingly faster and faster world, taking the time to understand the underlying data, what it means and why it is happening makes all the difference when constructing view be it for the global economy or your investing portfolio.

Lenore also shares, where she thinks we are in the current business cycle, how to spot the start of the next one and which country she thinks will be the key driver of global GDP in the coming years. More than a few times, Lenore and Chris come back to how their two different perspectives overlap and how that gives rise to our various investment themes. You’ll also learn a few things about Lenore, including what is her favorite cocktail, as she’s faced with several of the now famous questions used by Inside the Actor’s Studio host James Lipton. Finally, as Lenore volunteered there are several books and authors listed below that she things are helpful when it comes to understanding the global macro landscape.

Economics is more art than science, and more a system of beliefs than objective laws. This is because we cannot, as we do in science, hold all else constant and change just one variable so that we understand the economic impact of something. Because of this, to understand the economy, one needs to understand what it is that the majority believes to be true. To understand that, one needs to understand the various theories out there. We cover that major schools of thought in a pretty succinct manner early on in our book, Cocktail Investing, but here is a selection of my (Lenore) favorites.

 

Books on the global macro economy:

 

Resources for this podcast:

Books we’re currently reading:

 

About the Author

Lenore Hawkins & Chris Versace
Lenore Hawkins serves as the Chief Macro Strategist for Tematica Research. With over 20 years of experience in finance, strategic planning, risk management, asset valuation and operations optimization, her focus is primarily on macroeconomic influences and identification of those long-term themes that create investing headwinds or tailwinds. Chris Versace is Tematica's Chief Investment Officer and editor of Tematica Investing newsletter. All of that capitalizes on his near 20 years in the investment industry, nearly all of it breaking down industries and recommending stocks.

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