This section brings you in-depth storytelling and analysis from our contributing writers and global thought leaders. Here you will find magazine-style stories and essays that explore the trends impacting derivatives markets and the global economy.

S&P 500 Futures: A Global Benchmark Turns 35

How the the spoos became the first successful equity futures contract.

Eurodollar Futures: A Key Barometer of Global Money Flows

A critical cog in the global finance system turns 35.

The Data Dump in Options Trading

An increase in analysis tools has helped democratize the process for options trading.

With High Production, Is Food Deflation Here to Stay?

Ample grain stocks, bumper harvests and flagging Chinese demand have food prices in the U.S. and Europe sagging. Is there room for a long-term recovery?

Douglas Diamond: The Father of Modern Banking Theory

In the finance world, Douglas Diamond’s pioneering work on banking laid the groundwork for almost all modern financial economics research…

Europe’s Search For Capital

Early in 2015, the EU Commission published a green paper on the idea of a Capital Markets Union (CMU) for all 28 member states of the European Union. Seven months on, has this long-term project gotten off to a good start?

How Options Are Changing Livestock Markets

Futures markets have always been one way for producers to mitigate risk, but livestock options have seen a surge in volume and open interest in recent years.

The Commodity Outlook in China’s New Normal

As China’s economy rebalances towards being consumption-driven and commodity markets adjust to lower prices, there is still considerable uncertainty about the future.

Cocoa: Food of the Gods Faces 21st Century Challenges

With the prediction cocoa demand will outstrip supply within five years, the industry is in dire need of better management and more sophisticated trading tools to help farmers and consumers cope.

How Derivatives Can Help Navigate the Oil Price Collapse

The greater than 50 percent collapse in oil prices caught most of the world by surprise. It now seems clear that a quick price rebound is unlikely and attention is turning to what a new era of cheap oil means.

José Scheinkman: A Curious Economist Who Keeps Asking Questions

With a voracious appetite for current events and social phenomenon, Scheinkman is a renaissance man in the economics world roving from one curious question to the next.

These Three Factors Are Holding Back Growth in Latin America

Latin American currencies have weakened a great deal since early 2014 in large part due to slow growth in the region. These trends are likely to continue through 2015, for three primary reasons.