Asian stocks are muted as a lack of fresh leads keeps investors on the sidelines while they await economic and corporate earnings reports and Fed meeting minutes due out this week.
A man walks past an electronic board showing Japan's Nikkei average (top L), the Dow Jones average (top R) and the stock averages of other countries' outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan, January 26, 2017.
The following op-ed was exclusively provided to Business Insider to coincide with a speech Bill Gates is giving for the Munich Security Conference.
Earnings for the FTSE 100 Index's second-biggest industry group fell about 14 percent in 2016 on average, according to forecasters surveyed by Bloomberg.
Investor optimism that West Texas Intermediate oil prices will rise reached an all-time high as the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries delivers on pledges to reduce production.