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.
An interview with StockTwits Founder Howard Lindzon on his company, the markets and the future of social media.
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.
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.
As China continues to cautiously move its currency toward convertibility, it will take on greater prominence in global currency markets, even raising the possibility of the renminbi as a reserve currency.
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.
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.
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.