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Wright's Latest Book Explores '50 Economic Indicators That Really Matter'

Dr. Robert E. Wright, Augustana's Nef Family chair of political economy, has co-authored a new book titled "The Wall Street Journal Guide to the 50 Economic Indicators that Really Matter."

Called a "must-have guide for investors," the book offers valuable tips and insight to help investors forecast and exploit sea changes in the global macroeconomic climate. Unlike other investment handbooks, Wright and co-author Simon Constable explore the not-widely-known economic indicators that the smartest investors watch closely in order to beat the stock market — from “Big Macs” to “Zombie Banks.”

"This book is trying to help people figure out where we are in the business cycle and, more importantly, where we'll be in a few months, and to invest accordingly," Wright said in a recent interview with the Argus Leader.

Dr. Wright received his bachelor’s degree in history from Buffalo State College in 1990, his master’s degree in history from State University of New York at Buffalo in 1994, and his PhD from SUNY at Buffalo in 1997.

Before coming to Augustana, Dr. Wright served as Clinical Associate Professor of Economics at the Stern School of Business, New York University. He was also a guest curator for the Museum of American Finance. Dr. Wright has written for Barron’s, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Forbes.com, and has authored numerous books. He has appeared on National Public Radio, C-SPAN, and BBC.

In 2010, Dr. Wright established the Thomas Willing Institute for the Study of Financial Markets, Institutions, and Regulations at Augustana College to promote the public’s understanding of the financial system.