Sober Look is a no-hype financial blog that relies on data analysis and primary sources. Posts are intended to be succinct, to the point, with no self-promoting nonsense, and no long-winded opinions. If you are looking for Armageddon predictions or conspiracy theories, you will be thoroughly disappointed. Topics include U.S. and global economic developments and financial markets. We often cover asset management, energy/commodities markets, derivatives, regulation, and policy - with a particular focus on capital markets and financial risk.