Oh, what a quarter it's been.
From Libya to Larry Page, markets have absorbed an above-average amount of headlines so far in 2011.
Let's take a quick look at some of the headlines beyond geo-politics and then put on the table what might happen next.
The year began with a Goldman Sachs investment in Facebook that valued it at $50 billion. (It has since gained another $15 billion in value.)
Then, in mid-January, two other tech giants announced changes at the top. Steve Jobs took another medical leave at Apple, while Google released the news that co-founder Larry Page would take over the CEO post from Eric Schmidt. That actually takes effect next week.
Markets, literally, were disrupted about a month later when Deutsche Boerse came public regarding a merger with NYSE Euronext.