A Path to Steam
Defaults: IQ-6, Economics -5, or Merchant-4.
This is the skill of predicting the short-term behavior of bond, stock, and currency markets – usually in order to make money! It is the main job skill of professional traders and speculators. Make a skill roll to determine current market trends. On a critical success, you also learn whether a trend will continue or reverse in the future. On a failure, you get no clear answer. On a critical failure, you guess wrong.
Modifiers: The Talents (p. 89) of Business Acumen and Mathematical Ability both provide a bonus.