U.S. President Donald Trump's no-holds-barred approach to trade and sanctions has persuaded European leaders to redouble their efforts to stake out autonomy for the Continent.
Central banks the world over are taking a long, hard look at the exploding cryptocurrency market with an eye to rolling out new types of digital money that would have far-reaching ramifications.
By creating its own virtual money, the small country hopes to reduce its economy's reliance on the dollar.
As quantitative easing recedes and inflationary pressures rise, the volatility that was a normal facet of investing before the global financial crisis appears poised to return.
The risk factors that have stalled the further integration of eurozone banks remain, as does Northern European resistance to pooling those risks.
Recent events have shown that the connection between tightening U.S. monetary policy and tightening policy in fragile parts of the global economy still exists. As a result, economic pain expected in 2017 could arrive in 2018 instead.
Extreme political uncertainty in the sub-Saharan African nation has demonstrated the value of cryptocurrencies during times of upheaval.