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Mission Statement

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated many of the most worrying global trends:

  • Governments around the world, many of which were already saddled with a heavy debt burden, took on even more debt to stave off a global depression.

  • Lockdowns and social distancing facilitated a further concentration of economic power: wealth and income gaps widened; big businesses gained market shares at the expense of small ones.

  • The pandemic has amplified social tension, increased distrust in governments, and aggravated geopolitical rivalry.

How we deal with these problems will determine the future of the world. The stakes are so high that we need to educate the public about the issues so that we do not leave the choices we have to make to political or ideological expediency.

The purpose of this blog is to create a global forum for honest dialogue about our shared future. 

How are we going to do this?

  1. By putting numbers on the table. Irrefutable, reliable numbers that do not lie. 

  2. By making the numbers accessible, in context, transparent and relevant to as many people as possible

  3. By proposing a point of view that derives only from the numbers and facts.

  4. And finally, by inviting debate ​

 

​Everyone is welcome to join and participate, regardless of your experience, politics, or nationality. We ask one thing: share only informed opinions and leave your feelings, prejudice, and ideology behind.

Who I am

My CV

  • Head of Global Interest Rates, Foreign Exchange, Emerging Markets Fixed Income Strategy & Economics Research, Bank of America, New York (2010 - 2020)

  • Head of Global Foreign Exchange Strategy, Barclays Capital, London (2004 - 2010)

  • Head of Local Markets Strategy for Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, Citigroup, London (2000 - 2004)

  • Economist, International Monetary Fund, Washington (1996 - 2000)      

  • Ph.D. in Economics, Columbia University, New York, NY (1991 - 1996) 

  • B.S in Mathematics, Tufts University, Medford, MA (1986-1990)

  • Northfield Mount Hermon School, Northfield, MA (1983-1986)
David Woo
David Woo

My Track Record

  • In September 2020, I predicted that the US presidential election would be much closer than expected and the results contested

Product of Globalization​

  • Born in Pittsburgh

  • Grew up in Taiwan

  • Educated in the US

  • Began my career in Europe

  • Present home: Israel

  • Speak English, Chinese, French and a little Hebrew     

  • My Chinese heritage instilled in me a love for history

  • America taught me to cherish freedom of expression

  • In Europe I learned to place my trust in reason and facts

  • Israel shows me ideas are sometimes worth fighting for

David Woo
David Woo