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.

Shaun Rein

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”.

Snow Futures

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.

Hurricane Futures

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.

Howard Lindzon StockTwits

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 African Rand

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.

MIST Countries

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.

2012 Drought

Gauging The Effects of the 2012 Drought

One of the worst U.S. droughts in 50 years is striking the Midwest, withering crops in their fields and sending corn and soybean futures to all-time record price highs.

Robert Shiller

MSRI Prize: Robert Shiller Keeps Innovating

Robert Shiller is best known for the index that bears his name, but from digital media to new concepts for futures and securities, he isn’t running out of ideas anytime soon.

South Africa Metals

How South Africa Influences Global Metals Markets

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.

2012 Drought Livestock

2012 Drought: The Lingering Impact on Livestock

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.