In my former life in the global equity strategy team at Goldman Sachs & in the strategy team on CSFB’s fixed income proprietary trading desk, my job required being up to speed on macro, market and political trends.
 Even though I’m no longer in the markets, when I read about an event or trend in the news, I often want to know why: Why is the oil price so low? Why does South Africa have electricity shortages, what really is ISIS and why is China building roads and railways and pipelines across Asia?
 So all I’m doing on this page is answering questions that I myself am asking, and hopefully the answers are clear and digestible enough for you too to enjoy – rather like picking sushi off a conveyor belt.
– Ralph Lazar, California 2015