Rank #1: The Differing Nature of Event Risk
The Brexit vote in Britain and the presidential election in the United States offer a glimpse into the differing nature of event risk that drives markets.
Rank #2: Quantitative Easing: The Way Out for Central Banks
How will central banks' unwinding of quantitative easing, starting with the Federal Reserve, impact financial markets in the U.S., Europe and Japan.
Rank #3: Bitcoin: Supply Growth, Mining Difficulty and Prospects in 2018
Bitcoin supply is likely to grow by less than 5% in 2018 as the cryptocurrency edges closer to its production cap and as mining difficulty rises sharply.
Rank #4: Agriculture: El Niño, La Niña and Trade Policies
The weather outlook seems benign for crops like corn and soybeans in the Americas this year but shifts in U.S. trade policies could fuel market volatility.
Rank #5: Li Keqiang Index: China's Alternative Growth Barometer
An index named for China's prime minister seems to provide better insight into its growth than official GDP. What's in store for the world's No. 2 economy.
Rank #6: Phase Transitions and the Rise in Market Volatility
From growing U.S. budget deficits to potential trade wars and the end of quantitative easing, several "phase transitions" could fire up market volatility.
Rank #7: Managing Risks and Challenges in Picking Stocks
Among asset managers, many are benchmarked to major equity indexes. Here are four reasons why it can be difficult to consistently outperform these indexes.
Rank #8: What Will a Post-Yellen Fed Look Like in 2018?
Janet Yellen's tenure as Fed Chair comes to a close next year, providing the Trump administration the opportunity to leave its imprint on the central bank.
Rank #9: Copper: Will Fed Rate Hikes Temper Rally?
Copper's blistering rally coincides with the Fed gearing up for multiple rate hikes in 2017. Will higher borrowing costs impact the red metal's performance?
Rank #10: Will European Elections Strengthen Unity or Deepen Divide?
Elections in the Netherlands, France and Germany on the heels of the surprise 'Brexit' vote could either strengthen European unity or deepen the divide.
Rank #11: global-trade-disputes-take-center-stage-in-2018
From U.S. import tariffs on steel and aluminum to the uncertain future of NAFTA and tough Brexit negotiations, trade issues are taking center stage in 2018.
Rank #12: Can Yield Curve Foretell a Coming Recession
The bond yield curve in relation to short-term rates is often a reliable indicator of a recession, and at the moment it is flashing the all-clear sign.
Rank #13: Gold: About to Break Out of Lull in Volatility?
The lack of volatility in gold has seen options prices slump, but is the market about to change course as Congress weighs in on major Trump initiatives?
Rank #14: The Conundrum of Slow Growth and Tight Labor Market
The U.S. economy is a conundrum as it grows moderately at around 2% a year even as the unemployment rate has tumbled to the lowest in 16 years.
Rank #15: French Election: Outcome Could Impact Euro, EU
The French go to the polls on May 7 to elect a president, and the outcome could determine the future of the EU, impact the euro and affect Brexit talks.
Rank #16: Efficient U.S. shale producers a challenge for OPEC
Can OPEC's latest output cuts keep oil prices afloat? Cost-efficient shale producers in the United States will play a big role in the market's direction.
Rank #17: Fed Sets Out To Shrink Balance Sheet by Half
The Federal Reserve's approach to reducing its massive balance sheet is to proceed very slowly so it does not disrupt markets, especially home mortgages.
Rank #18: Could Fed Rate Hikes Trigger Flight to Quality?
As interest rates in the United States go higher over the next two years, will it trigger a flight to quality into bonds on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean?
Rank #19: China: Does Yield Curve Portend a Recession?
Is China heading toward a recession? It's nascent yield curve is pointing to a possible major slowdown in the world's second-largest economy in mid-2018.
Rank #20: Volatility is Lethargic Even as Uncertainty Abounds
Uncertainty and volatility are different risk management concepts. More uncertainty does not necessarily mean more volatile markets, as in the U.S.