The release of an economic data report can dramatically increase the degree of volatility facing a broad spectrum of asset classes. Metals, energies, currencies, and agricultural futures contracts are susceptible to wild swings in pricing following an official announcement.
The production of ag commodities is more than just a business, it’s a lifestyle. Whether a producer is cultivating grains, nurturing livestock, or processing dairy goods, efficiently delivering a tangible product to market is the name of the game.
Energy costs are an unavoidable reality facing a broad spectrum of industries. For example, if you’re involved in transportation, agriculture, or even retail, it’s likely that you have a line item on the monthly budget exclusively for energy.
One of the most unpredictable and influential factors facing economic output is the weather. Natural disasters, abnormal seasonal extremes, and even unexpected precipitation levels can have dramatic consequences on both industry and consumption.
From a production standpoint, it’s an undeniable truth that core-business proficiency is crucial to staying profitable over the long haul. Whether you’re marketing energies, metals, or agricultural products, efficiency is a primary determinant of your success.
Politics and commerce often collide, leaving the business community mulling uncertainty while preparing for fallout. With the election of pro-business candidate Donald J. Trump to the U.S. presidency, foreign trade policy was slated to undergo intense scrutiny. A focal point of the new administration was to be a swift reduction of the U.S.–China trade imbalance.
The introduction of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in the mid 1990s marked the beginning of current U.S.–Mexico economic relations. With a legislative backdrop conducive to the free-flow of imports and exports across the U.S. southern border, both countries were in a position to expand economically through broadened regulatory cooperation.
In the trade of agricultural commodities, making an efficient and timely delivery to the marketplace is often a costly and competitive endeavor. Conflicts arising over the availability of transportation resources can present formidable challenges to producers, processors and consumers.
Learn how selling calls on grain you have in the bin can add to your bottom line. Selling covered calls is a great way to add to your bottom line if you have a target in mind for cash sales.
In the good old days the USDA would release reports at 7:30 AM central when the Grain markets were closed and we would open up two hours later at 9:30 AM central. This gave market participants enough time to read the report, evaluate the numbers, and begin the next session as informed traders. Now the… Read more.