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I have been asked to set up readers with a free six week subscription of the Economist (there’s some filthy lucre in it for moi).

Is this worth setting up, or is it waste of pixels?

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  1. Adam commented on Nov 7

    I’ll say this: Barry, I love reading your blog on a daily basis. I also look forward every week to receiving my Economist on Saturday afternoons. I think The Big Picture and The Economist are a match made in heaven.

  2. C&C commented on Nov 7

    Cool – Economist is still a very good and very level-headed global economic journal. Please do agree!!

  3. C&C commented on Nov 7

    Cool – Economist is still a very good and very level-headed global economic journal. Please do agree!!

  4. C&C commented on Nov 7

    Cool – Economist is still a very good and very level-headed global economic journal. Please do agree!!

  5. The Dirty Mac commented on Nov 7

    The Big Picture and The Economist for free? Who says inflation is out of control?

  6. mhm commented on Nov 7

    They have been very generous lately with content access. I’m rarely asked for the password (no cookie login for me).

    But by all means set it up for those who want full access for that 6w. It is a very good read and worth every cent of the paid subscription.

  7. Tom commented on Nov 7

    I’ll bet most of your readers already have a subscription. But if they’re paying you in pounds, all the better.

  8. Estragon commented on Nov 7

    I’ve been reading it for ~25 years and highly recommend it, particularly for those not already reading a good international publication. The articles are generally not overly long or technical, and are good for putting things in front of me that aren’t covered by domestic media and I wouldn’t likely know to look for otherwise.

    My only complaint would be that I wish they’d increase the font size a bit for these old eyes.

  9. OldVet commented on Nov 7

    Economist is economust. 20 yrs and you can enjoy the crisp writing while disagreeing with some of the editorials. Political news and regional roundups are helpful to investors as well.

  10. double-plus-ungood commented on Nov 7

    I just checked their Canadian price — $139 Canadian for 51 issues. With a bit of tinkering with their URL to have a look at the US price, I see almost the same deal for $98 US.

    I think I’ll pass.

  11. peter from oz commented on Nov 7

    I have it already

    Just logged in to note that PPT Cavalry seems to be running out of remounts!

    Base metals down sharply
    Gold stalled
    DJ/S&P down
    USDLR critical

    whither hedge funds?

    bring on the Financials 10ks and we’ll have a roily boily bear market first qr 08!!
    rgds pcm

  12. Eric Davis commented on Nov 7

    off topic…

    everyone on CNBC should have to run a virtual portfolio, and every time they talk economics, or trader talk, that portfolio should be flashed across the screen “bob pasani is down 40% in his virtual portfolio”

    I jest, i’m sure he would be a great trader.

  13. Short and Angry commented on Nov 7

    Absolutely, great rag and goes well with your site.

  14. Estragon commented on Nov 7

    double-plus,

    That price thing is really stupid. Canadians are starting to get wise to this crap, and companies gouging like that are setting themselves up for a fall. The Economist should know better, and I don’t blame you for taking a pass.

  15. Wilhelm commented on Nov 7

    The Economist is a sober, well written weekly, delivering quite british perspective, will complement nicely TBP. Go for it

  16. Adam commented on Nov 7

    Do it Do it.

  17. Timba commented on Nov 7

    I echo the sentiment on the board (and break my posting cherry) – TBP and The Economist are my two must-reads (I live on airplanes and need Economist to get through those interminable LGA delays + if you read Economist, you usually have something to talk about with your cab driver – i.e. “You’re from Botswana? What do you think about your minister selling monopoly mobile phone licenses for personal profit?” They are amazed!!)

  18. Wilhelm commented on Nov 7

    The Economist is a sober, well written weekly, delivering quite british perspective, will complement nicely TBP. Go for it

  19. Timba commented on Nov 7

    I echo the sentiment on the board (and break my posting cherry) – TBP and The Economist are my two must-reads (I live on airplanes and need Economist to get through those interminable LGA delays + if you read Economist, you usually have something to talk about with your cab driver – i.e. “You’re from Botswana? What do you think about your minister selling monopoly mobile phone licenses for personal profit?” They are amazed!!)

  20. BKLNYC commented on Nov 7

    Do it! I will sign up!

  21. Robert commented on Nov 7

    The Economist is an excellent, well written, relatively unbiased magazine for anyone who wants good macro global economic commentary. I highly recommend it.

  22. Ant commented on Nov 7

    Re: Econ offer – yes, please. I let my sub expire a while back and am considering resubscribing in ’08. Free taste would be very helpful.

    Thanks,
    Ant

  23. Florida commented on Nov 7

    It sounds like a good idea to me.

  24. dblwyo commented on Nov 7

    Here, here. Sometimes find the hardcopy overwhelming but it’s as well-written a rag as any in the world and deeply informed and thoughtful (so say we all and my WSJ friends). They do offer up a weekly newclippings they email on World Affairs and Business as well as many free articles.
    I’ve had a sub to the on-line version for years now and it’s my GoTo for depth and substance (present company excepted).
    An alternative or complement to the hardcopy though you get it for free with the latter.

  25. Matt commented on Nov 7

    I used to read it, but got sick of giving a publication with such ridiculous editorial content money, so I let my subscription lapse (ditto for WSJ). Thanks, but no thanks.

  26. Paul commented on Nov 7

    great idea

  27. ward dahlgren commented on Nov 7

    I was a scriber to the economist when I was still working but it got to be chore to get thru it each week. I wished it was published bi-monthly or even monthly. But now that I’m retired I would be interested in trying it again.

  28. ward dahlgren commented on Nov 7

    I was a scriber to the economist when I was still working but it got to be chore to get thru it each week. I wished it was published bi-monthly or even monthly. But now that I’m retired I would be interested in trying it again.

  29. Alex commented on Nov 7

    Barry,
    Economist is not a bad magazine to be associated with. Go ahead and do it.

    Personally, I find “The Economist” so consistent in their views that I don’t see a reason to subscribe. You can read title of an article and know what their going to say.

  30. patski commented on Nov 7

    perfect, but follow Gisele’s lead and only accept strong currency….

  31. tekel commented on Nov 7

    They’ve got it backwards: isn’t $110 canadian worth like $121 American?

    And, what are the details of the offer? 6 weeks “free” in return for a 1-year sub contract? Or, 6 weeks free, as in gratis, with no obligation to purchase later? I’d love to buy, but I’m in school, so I’m poor… and I’m getting pretty sick of seeing Murdoch’s greasy coke-stained fingerprints all over my WSJ.

  32. jab commented on Nov 7

    Barry,

    FWIW – I have subscribed for 20 years, since I was 22 – I think it is the best magazine out there and your readers would benefit from it.

    Also they have a really cool new feature I use alot since I commute nearly an hour to and from work. They have an audio edition you can download and play on any MP3 player. I listen to the entire thing on my commute to and from work and it last me the entire week until the next edition comes out.

  33. Soren commented on Nov 7

    Definitely. My Subscription just ran out!

  34. Michael Gracie commented on Nov 7

    A good fit. Wouldn’t mind a sub myself either.

  35. double-plus-ungood commented on Nov 7

    Or, 6 weeks free, as in gratis, with no obligation to purchase later?

    It seems that it’s their standard offer, as in you take subscription, and can cancel during the first six weeks for a full refund.

    As it’s part of their standard subscription package, I’m not sure what they’re offering that’s special to Big Picture readers…

  36. rebound commented on Nov 7

    Barry,

    I already subscribe to the Economist and I very much enjoy the publication. It’s likely that other readers of your blog would benefit from you turning them onto this publication.

    I’m not upset with the high price, I think it is worth it. However, I can’t bring myself to pay for other papers like the WSJ, though I wish I still received Barrons in print form.

    I think the publishers charging more to Canadians is going to end in the near future. It will take time for the publishers to update books and magazines to print with the new rates. I hope they actually print them according to the current exchange rate. It could serve as a reality check to the average Joe that “things have changed”.

  37. dh commented on Nov 7

    I will do it only if you promise to translate the articles into english every month. Or at least the ones that you deem
    important.

    Better yet,start a blog titled ” The Economist Digest”

  38. Charles commented on Nov 7

    Wow, maybe I’ve been reading the wrong Economist. They have an anti US bias, and I just got tired of it. Besides how much money can you make reading their “US didnt sign the Kyoto treaty” crap. I’ll stay away

    Went long today.

  39. Eclectic commented on Nov 7

    I’ll give you an opinion as soon as I can stop the bleeding from all my orafices.

  40. JSL commented on Nov 7

    Economist is one of the best – if a free six week trial gets more folks familar with this magazine, I say ‘bring it on”.

  41. scorpio commented on Nov 7

    BR: you are the only free economist we need. thank u kindly.

  42. C. Maoxian commented on Nov 7

    How much are they offering you to plug it?

  43. Eclectic commented on Nov 7

    C. Maoxian,

    ….my bleeding or Barringo’s promoting?

  44. JS commented on Nov 7

    Yes please.

  45. Darin commented on Nov 7

    Of course! I love the Economist and if you can paid too, why not?

  46. dissent commented on Nov 7

    Financial Times – YES.
    Economist – NO.

  47. David commented on Nov 7

    Barry,
    I read the Economist at the Library for free for years, nice magazine for what’s going on in other countries, however, they do have a strong anti-US bias, but I guess that’s cool nowdays. (sarcasm)
    They do cut down our faith and dishonor our troops, however, on international business news they’er good.

  48. JKB commented on Nov 7

    Have to agree with Charles. The Economist let their hate of Bush and America bleed out of their Leaders and into their articles when the editor changed. I just let my subscription lapse because they kept throwing in a “it’s all Bush’s fault” into most of their articles even when it had no context to the article. I prefer they keep their opinions in the opinion pieces. An article they did on Katrina insurance issues showed a complete lack of research and bias which makes me wonder what kind of sloppy “journalism” goes into subjects I’m not familiar with.

    They must be losing subscribers given the tricks they’ve used to get me to renew.

  49. Sherman McCoy commented on Nov 7

    Look, I love The Economist. I read the web version every day. But the paper magazine is short for this world- they will probably continue to market it to the “magazine audience”, but I think that audience is shrinking to nothing. The web version is just so much easier and more timely.

    And doesn’t this open the door to politics? If yes to the Economist, would you then promote Reason magazine too? The two are cousins but of course Reason might give you more pause because of its political content. Or maybe not.

    WSJ (f*&#ing neo-fascists)? A sidebar banner for Ron Paul? Where is your line in the sand? (Do you have one?)

    Also, the offer you describe seems to be a non-special deal. Go to economist.com and you get a banner for “six free issues” in the upper-right. So you should decide to do it or not with the understanding that you are not providing any benefit to your readers that they couldn’t get directly. Basically, you would just be selling the magazine.

  50. Thomas commented on Nov 7

    Ka-Ching..it’s a good read. Now if you could get the Financial Times to hook a deal with you. Paycheck long GBP/USD 2.1025 sweet..

  51. Norman commented on Nov 7

    If you like wasting your time get it. The Economist has gone down, down hill. The writing isn’t as good as it used to be. The stuff sounds intelligent and their graphis are the best but it won’t make you a dime.

  52. jock commented on Nov 7

    If you do it, I’ll sign up. I’ve subscribed on an off for 25 years. Love the mag, but the writing is a bit convoluted, and they DO rather think they’re the cleverest ppl in the world. Still, much more meat than any competitor …

  53. DC commented on Nov 7

    Economist? Maybe, but ain’t nothing really free. Eric Davis: Amazing that Pisani always knows “here’s what’s happening, folks.” It’s clearly far simpler than it appears. And imagine if that nitwit Cramer had to open with “I know I told you last night to go all in but now I’ve changed my mind.” Will he be the last to know that he jumped the shark with the Bernanke rant?

  54. DC commented on Nov 7

    Economist? Maybe, but ain’t nothing really free. Eric Davis: Amazing that Pisani always knows “here’s what’s happening, folks.” It’s clearly far simpler than it appears. And imagine if that nitwit Cramer had to open with “I know I told you last night to go all in but now I’ve changed my mind.” Will he be the last to know that he jumped the shark with the Bernanke rant?

  55. Ben commented on Nov 7

    I’m game for a free six weeks and I love your blog so shall we proceed?

  56. Winston Munn commented on Nov 7

    By the way, I pretty sure I used to date Filthy Lucre – wasn’t she from Tulsa?

  57. DC commented on Nov 7

    Swear on Pat Robertson that I did not double post eight seconds apart.

  58. dissent commented on Nov 7

    “I read the Economist at the Library for free for years, nice magazine for what’s going on in other countries, however, they do have a strong anti-US bias, but I guess that’s cool nowdays. (sarcasm)
    They do cut down our faith and dishonor our troops, however, on international business news they’er good.”

    Ha, ha, ha.

    You’re joking, right?

    The Economist, yo, from planet reality, has a libertarian bias. In a Euro context they are quite conservative and have an ideological tilt towards ‘free market’.

    They wanted to like Bush, they really tried, but even with their deep and craven love of things American they couldn’t swallow:
    war based on lies, torture, corruption, and budget deficits.

    Dude, if your “faith” makes you think patriotism means loving Bush and his war farce, you need your head examined.

  59. VJ commented on Nov 7

    ASIAN BOUNCE

    The Morgan Stanley Capital International Asia-Pacific Index slumped 2.7 percent to 162.87 as of 12:17 p.m. in Tokyo, the steepest slide since Aug. 17. The Nikkei 225 Stock Average lost 2.3 percent in Japan, where the government today reported a bigger-than-expected drop in machinery orders. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index tumbled 3.2 percent, the region’s worst performance today. All markets open for trading declined.

    BLOOMBERG LINK
    .

  60. Mike commented on Nov 7

    It is a waste of your time and pixels.

  61. Bluzer commented on Nov 7

    I’ll sign up provided they don’t require a a credit card number.

  62. CNC commented on Nov 8

    How do you know they wanted to like Bush. Was it as intense as the BBCs’ love for us?

  63. halbhh commented on Nov 8

    Another 25 yr reader of The Economist says certainly.

    Also, it’s nice to get such an easy clear measure of the crowd here on the blog which I’ve only read a few months by comparing to the known excellence of The Economist.

    Apparently “The Small Investor Chronicles” is either joking or not so well read.

    But some other commentators for instance I’ve already seen to be keen observers.

    So The Big Picture may be worth continued visits (against considerable competition).

  64. p-a commented on Nov 8

    I personally cannot stand anything that looks like advertisement on a blog. Just cannot sorry.
    Coming on a trusting website and being forced to look at a brand name is equivalent to visual rape.

    Yes, sad that it becomes all too common.

  65. Amos Newcombe commented on Nov 8

    The Economist let their hate of Bush and America bleed out of their Leaders and into their articles when the editor changed.

    I let my subscription lapse some years back when they jumped on the Bush bandwagon. They’ve fallen off it now? Good. Maybe I should check them out again.

    But on my terms, not yours, Barry. I’m wary of free offers morphing to paid subscriptions if I forget to cancel. But go ahead and do it for the others.

  66. tyoung commented on Nov 8

    It’s OK but it’s sister publication, the Financial Times is the paper that that really stands out. It’s reporter, Gillian Tett, has become the go to person in the current credit crisis.

  67. hocus pocus commented on Nov 8

    I vote yes.

    Dissent: Unsure if you are aware, but Pearson holds controlling share of The Economist, and is of course the parent of FT.

  68. Richard commented on Nov 8

    Free For 6 Weeks? Yeah, why not. go for it, Barry…

  69. Don commented on Nov 8

    I love the Economist, even if I rarely have time to finish it all. It allows me to learn about parts of the world I will surely never get the chance to visit (e.g. Botswana, with helpful maps accompanying the articles), but through the prism of economic analysis, which is the best prism around, even if with a British accent.

    I imagine the magazine as a science journal for economics, looking at the happenings in all the corners of the globe as a scientist might view a lab full of petri dishes, applying this or that rule of economics to analyze the activity of the bugs in the dish.

  70. David Davenport commented on Nov 8

    … They wanted to like Bush, they really tried, but even with their deep and craven love of things American they couldn’t swallow:
    war based on lies, torture, corruption, and budget deficits.

    The Economist: written by and for America haters

  71. Smittykid commented on Nov 8

    I agree – The Economist and TBP are the two essential must reads for me. Although I expect most of your readers already subscribe.

    ps the hold steady are awesome – another great call!

  72. phil commented on Nov 8

    Waste, but can you set me up with the Tesla for 6 weeks?

    Phil

  73. Mike G commented on Nov 9

    Posted by: dissent

    Yes!

    The Economist let their hate of Bush and America bleed out of their Leaders

    The Economist: written by and for America haters

    What a parochial Fox Noise view of the world you must have. The Economist is probably the most pro-American major publication in existence outside the United States, if that is important to you.

    I’ve been a subscriber since I graduated from Time and Newsweak at age 17. Their Iraq war cheerleading almost lost me, but the strength of their articles makes up for the slant of their editorials.

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