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Basis Trading

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Use Old Skills and a New Approach to Navigate Volatile Markets

The volatility in production, futures prices, basis, and spreads of the last few years have caused many of us to abandon the idea of a “normal”...

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Merchandising:  What's the Worst that Could Happen?

As the season of fall harvest planning is upon us, let us take a moment to review the idea, and the reality, of the importance of having a grain flow...

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4 Grain Market Indicators to Watch

Knowing your grain company is key to navigating the change between carry and inverted markets Differing views on how to define transitions exist....

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Balancing Act

Weighing the Market's Needs with Those of Your Business

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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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The Basis Trader's Rules

I ran across this in my favorites folder the other day.  I thought it a worthy reminder of how being successful in the grain elevator business is...

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Thoughts on Navigating an Uncertain Environment

Last spring, things in the grain world were a mess. Huge swaths of the country were late planting or not planting at all. The general sense was that...

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