In the December 2015 edition of the Commodity Markets Update, Merit Webster’s feature article discusses the expansion of the Panama Canal, zeroing in on its impact on trade flows around the world. Michael Vellucci examines specialty coffee’s rise to prominence among U.S. consumers and what this means for the future of the coffee futures market. In addition, Max Schlubach sits down with Rashed Haq, Vice President of Business Consulting at Sapient Global Markets, to discuss the use of data and risk analytics by commodity merchants. Finally, Kyle Gordon analyzes the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, commonly known as the Jones Act, assessing its impact on the changing landscape in domestic shipping.