Features

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.

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The NASDAQ is Growing in More Ways Than One

For some, talk of tech and the NASDAQ may bring memories of the bubble in technology stocks of the late 1990s and the painful correction of the early 2000s. But the tech sector of today is very different from what it was 15 years ago.

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Where Ag Risk Management Meets Technology

Technological advances over the past decade are helping farmers run their businesses better, but there have been limits to how much technological advancement the agricultural industry has witnessed on the risk management side.

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Deciphering China’s Growth Trajectory: Q&A With Peh Shing Huei

The former China Bureau Chief for the Straits Times of Singapore and author of ‘When the Party Ends – China’s leaps and stumbles after the Beijing Olympics.’ talks about the country’s growing pains.

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The Global Economy in 2014: A Stronger Growth Path?

As we prepare for 2014, the world economic scene is evolving yet again with stronger growth potential in the U.S. and U.K., China encouraging market forces, and the European banking system still dragging down the continent.

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How New Technology is Reshaping Agriculture

Technologically savvy American farmers are using everything from simple text messages to GPS to biomass imaging in order to manage their production in ways not possible 10 to 15 years ago.

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Can Emerging Markets Compete in Electronic Markets?

When it comes to market technology, emerging financial markets are gleaning insight from established financial markets and opting to self-develop solutions that fit local needs at the same time. This tendency is both positive and negative.

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How the Grocery Industry Is Using Futures Markets

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Shared Vision: The University of Chicago and CME Group

A discussion with Nobel laureate Gary Becker and CME Group Chairman Emeritus Leo Melamed on an important relationship that has contributed to the evolution and advancement of global financial markets.