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.

How Natural Gas Is Reshaping U.S. Energy

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.

Why We’re at the End of Cheap China: Q&A with Author Shaun Rein

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”.

A Market for Snow: How Businesses Use Futures to Prepare for Winter

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.

A Different Kind of Hurricane Preparedness

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.

Fuel for Growth: What’s Driving U.S. Energy Markets?

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.

OpenSource: How Social Media is Transforming the Financial Community

An interview with StockTwits Founder Howard Lindzon on his company, the markets and the future of social media.

South Africa’s Currency Retains International Appeal

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.

The New Economic Potential in the MIST

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.

How Changing Economics Are Changing Oil Benchmarks

The changing economics of the global energy industry are changing how benchmark prices are being used to hedge risk and this transformation is likely to continue for the next several years.

The New Role For Commodity Indexes

Even as several individual commodity futures have seen increased volatility this year, both active and passive investors continue to show strong interest. Why some are turning to indexes to gain exposure to several markets.

Eurozone Crisis: In the Eye of the Storm

The Eurozone crisis has been in retreat since the introduction of the European Central Bank’s three-year long-term refinancing operations in December. Economist Megan Greene writes that the current lull does not indicate that the Eurozone is in the clear, but is simply in the eye of the storm, and more drama awaits.

Markets are Preparing for an End to QE, But When Will it Come?

The eventual end of the Fed’s asset purchasing program has markets rising and falling. But few seem to agree on the timing of the quantitative easing rollback.