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Perspective: Morning Commentary, 01/27/2016

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Today is Fed Day in the markets as traders anticipate this afternoon’s 2 p.m. CST release of the Federal Reserve’s revised monetary policy statement. No change in policy is expected at this meeting, which is as it should be at this meeting. However, global traders will be parsing words in the... Learn More →


Farm succession starts with your financial security

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Succession. We all realize it’s important, but how do we know when we’re ready? My son has been working with me since he graduated from college. Over the last several years, farming has been good. Prices have been up and our income has been strong. Now, given current commodity values and higher... Learn More →


Perspective: Morning Commentary, 01/26/2016

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

January 26 – China grabbed the headlines once again overnight as stocks quickly sold off to drive values to 13-month lows. The closely-watched Shanghai Composite Index dropped 6.4% at the close, settling at its lowest level since December 2014 as confidence in China’s economy continued to slide... Learn More →


Perspective: Spring Planting, 01/25/2016

Monday, January 25, 2016

January 25 – The market is starting to look ahead to the U.S. spring planting season, now that the January USDA crop report is behind us and the trade is increasingly comfortable with the size of the South American crops. We expect the Midwest weather pattern to be influenced by a transition from a... Learn More →


Hedge Funds Had Worst Year Since 2008 Betting on Commodities

Monday, January 25, 2016

Hedge funds betting on raw materials had the worst performance since the global financial crisis of 2008 as everything went wrong for commodities. The funds lost 5.2 percent in 2015 and recorded losses in 10 out of 12 months, based on an index compiled by Societe Generale SA that tracks the... Learn More →


Obama Administration to Partner with 27 Communities to Boost Neighborhood Revitalization through Local Food Enterprises

Monday, January 25, 2016

Local Foods, Local Places Empowers Creative Economic Development in Rural and Urban Communities in 22 states WASHINGTON, January 25, 2016 – Today, on behalf of the White House Rural Council, six federal agencies joined together to announce the selection of 27 communities in 22 states that will... Learn More →


Perspective: Morning Commentary, 01/25/2016

Monday, January 25, 2016

January 25 – Washington, D.C. is shut down today after much of the surrounding region received 20 to 30” of snow over the weekend. As such, data from USDA and other agencies will be lacking, leaving traders looking elsewhere for direction. Crude oil prices are down more than 3% this morning after... Learn More →


Perspective: Morning Commentary, 01/20/2016

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

January 20 – The crisis of confidence continues to play out in the markets this morning, with Dow futures currently projecting another session of heavy losses, although well off their lows. A global sell-off was seen overnight as traders worry about the future of the world economy, with the primary... Learn More →


Perspective: Morning Commentary, 01/19/2016

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

January 19 – Crude oil continued to slide on the global market this week, with traders worried both about a slumping global economy led by China, as well as by increased production from Iran, now that the sanctions have been lifted. The lifting of sanctions received a lot of play in the... Learn More →


Perspective: Wall Street Fear Returns

Friday, January 15, 2016

January 15 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average is down more than 400 points at this writing, although 100 points off its session low. A three-day holiday weekend looms before us in which the global markets will continue to trade, raising the risk factors for those holding positions in the U.S.... Learn More →


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