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.
Natural gas prices are in a four-year-plus bear market under the weight of record inventories. The bounty of this resource is now leading to a structural shift in the U.S. energy demand landscape.
China is now not just the world’s second largest economy but also a country undergoing tremendous change. It is this China at a crossroads from factory workshop to consumer society that Shaun Rein explores in his timely new book “The End of Cheap China”.
Snow levels can hurt or help a business’s bottom line, but long-term weather forecasts cannot offer absolute certainty. This is where snowfall futures come in.
As the heart of hurricane season approaches, why some companies need a comprehensive way to hedge against losses related to storm-related risk. This is where hurricane futures come into play.
The landscape for the U.S. energy markets has changed substantially over the past few years. The market is experiencing rising consumer and industrial demand from emerging markets while new technologies are opening up resources.
An interview with StockTwits Founder Howard Lindzon on his company, the markets and the future of social media.
South Africa is poised to move beyond its emerging market status. And the Rand, the official and heavily traded currency, could very well tell the story of the country’s market dynamics.
As market participants absorb the reverberations of the latest Fed acronym – QE3 – some market participants are looking to a new country acronym as the next place to put their focus.
Precious metals like platinum and gold tend to offer clues to overall economic performance. South Africa, one of the largest producers of precious metals, has an especially strong influence in how the market views these vital commodities.
Most of the attention concerning the drought this summer was on dry soil and shrinking crop yields. Meanwhile, livestock producers may have been the hardest hit of all.
The effects of the commodity market volatility of a few years ago trickled down to grocery stores, and impacted prices consumers paid for dairy, grains and produce. Some in the grocery business chose to begin managing similar volatility through futures markets.
With this year’s drought severely diminishing the expected output for corn, wheat and soybeans from the Midwestern United States, the effects on the world food chain could start to show.