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Balancing Act

Weighing the Market's Needs with Those of Your Business

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Spreads Know

 

Prior to a harvest, spreads for an upcoming crop year reflect the market’s emotions about that year. After harvest, spreads reflect the market’s...

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Game Time Perspective

During volatile times, remember the basics of grain trading.

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When Being Right is the Wrong Focus

Volatility has a lot of side effects on the mentality of a basis trader. Maybe the most dangerous is an aversion to being wrong – and when price,...

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Sets of Keys

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The Merchant's Secret

What are the keys to creating a successful practice as a grain merchandiser?

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Taking Control of Grain Merchandising

Market conditions may be out of a merchandiser's control, but steps can be made to tip the scales in their favor.

I believe merchandising grain and...

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Watch Those Emotions: When Markets Get Weird, Get Calm.

Unmet expectations are the springboard for all kinds of human problems. When things don't go as expected, the likelihood of becoming irrational or...

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Focus Your Energy Where Your Margins Come From

The country elevator is in an enviable position to serve as a price neutral conduit for grain from producers to end users. In order for this to work,...

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Basis Trading Starts with Balance

A good basis trader will spend an entire career refining his/her basis trading knowledge and skills. However, every principle of basis trading is...

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5 Questions to Help You Manage Pre-Spreads

Why? Pre-spreading is about locking in spread structure that will support your merchandising plans. (e.g., if you plan to carry grain you need a...
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