It's understandable interest rates have driven much of the economic and financial news coverage and conversation. But Rick Rieder, BlackRock's chief investment officer of Fundamental Fixed Income, explains that there are three pivotal economic indicators that should hold people's attention.

"In contrast, there are a number of important longer-term trends more worthy of our focus, as they’re likely to have a bigger, longer-sustaining impact on markets than the Fed’s first rate move. One such market influence that I believe should be getting more attention: The advances in technology happening all around us; innovations already having a huge disruptive influence on the economy and markets," Rieder says. 

Rieder also pinpoints the percentage of top 1500 stocks with zero inventory and highly skilled labor versus lower skilled labor trends.
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