An Avid Reader’s Review of the Economist


This article will explain why I value the Economist magazine. I will again, like in prior articles give some brief background information about this publication. I consider the Economist to be on the academic side, like other magazines I subscribe to.

The Economist was founded in 1843 and is headquartered in the United Kingdom. In 2009, there were 1.6 million copies sold with about half of which were sold in North America. The magazine is published weekly. The primary focus of the magazine is the following: world news, politics, business, science and technology and books and arts. There also is an obituary. About every two weeks, there is an in depth report on a particular issue, business sector or geographical region. Every three months, a technology report titled Technology Quarter or TQ is published. At the end of each issue there is a page devoted to a section on economic statistics.

Now on to why I value the Economist. I like how the Economist is divided into different sections that detail economic news globally. For example, there is a section on the United States, Europe, Asia and of course Great Britain. There is also a section on financial issues as well. Besides, being well versed in geopolitical issues I want to be well versed in economic and financial issues as well. I don’t think the nightly news on television does a real good job of covering these issues. The news will at least give the stock market performance for the day (the U.S stock market). CNBC does a good job of talking about economic issues, but they focus on the United States and how the markets are doing and various companies are performing. They will also discuss commodities and the like. Also, they will talk about economics issues in the United States, for example, unemployment data. I want to have a more global perspective of economic and financial issues. I don’t want to be just limited to the United States. I like to learn about issues that are affecting Europe or Latin America. Issues that go beyond their stock markets. I want to know different data for different regions, like GDP or inflation rates. Besides economic and financial news, the magazine also weaves in political news. This weaving combines these two main issues and how they interarct and affect each other. Not just locally but globally as well. Like I have said before, I like to read more academic magazines that are challenging to read and comprehend.

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