Is the commodity broker still relevant? What the evolution of futures trading means for today’s farmer.

By Fred Evans – February 22, 2017 

 

The idea for this blog was hatched following a discussion within our office about an apparent lack of interest by many young farmers to learn about futures markets and price risk management.

We asked ourselves a few questions:

– Will the next generation of farmers have the same depth of understanding about commodity futures as the outgoing generation?

– Are farmers as willing to hedge grain with futures contracts and use basis contracts now as they were nearly forty years ago?

– How has the industry changed over the years?

– What can we learn from the past?

In this article, we’ll explore these questions through an examination of the evolution of futures trading.

 

Then and now

By Fred Evans – January 17, 2017   

How often have we heard “those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it” and “the future is a repetition of the past”?  I mention these quotations to highlight the similarities of an event that occurred nearly forty years ago and which now could again be possible.

Will you be ready when central banks lose control of interest rates?

By Ranulf Glanville – July 7, 2016

 

Right now central banks around the world are taking unprecedented measures to keep interest rates pinned near zero. In fact, in many parts of the world interest rates are now negative!

 

We don’t see indications sharply higher interest rates are imminent. Still, we urge all readers to consider what could cause either short- or long-term interest rates to turn higher. Decisions involving debt need to consider not just the current situation, but also scenarios for what may lie ahead.

 

Below are a few things to think about when assuming interest rates will stay low for years and years.