Last year was a rough one for U.S. agricultural producers. A strong El Niño cycle, extraordinary flooding, and U.S.-China trade tensions posed a collection of unique challenges. As a result, U.S. family farm bankruptcies jumped from 498 (2018) to 595 (2019)―a 20 percent gain and an eight-year high.
To grain producers, crop insurance is an operational cost, simply a part of conducting business. For many producers, the Midwestern floods of 2019 have made it clear that traditional forms of crop insurance do not provide perfect safety nets. Fortunately, there’s another way of protecting a harvest from the unknown: grain futures. Whether you’re raising… Read more.
US grain and oilseed markets exploded higher last night on the open following the G-20 meetings over the weekend leaving price gaps everywhere you look. The meeting appears to have been a success as the message has been spun as positive by both sides.
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The US stock market continues to climb “a wall of worry,” as less than stellar US economic data, ongoing US/China trade tensions, signs of a building global currency problem, and expectations of a US interest rate hike this month are being discounted…
Tom Dosdall dives into market analysis and commentary for grain futures after the June 2018 WASDE report.
While the equity markets have not completely left the confidence-shaking volatility from early February behind, their ability to maintain a good portion of their gains from the recovery bounce has calmed investors and softened the negative vibes in the commodity markets.
Global markets have not regained a “risk on” tone, but they are showing signs of looking beyond the turbulent events of the past few weeks.
It could be a very volatile week ahead as the market deals with factors that could slow US economic growth in the short term.
The Fed symposium in Jackson Hole failed to offer any distinct direction on the state of the US economy, but recent Fed commentary suggested that a government shutdown off the budget ceiling battle and the possible effects from Hurricane Harvey could impact policy decisions next month.