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March 4, 2019 | |

What Does $30 Billion Dollars Look Like?

China has apparently offered to purchase an additional $30 billion of US agricultural products as part of the new trade agreement. That sounds amazing! The additional purchases would apparently encompass ten commodities. I say apparently, because like much of the China trade news, it lacks any detail and substance and leaves us guessing the impact. The impact could be that China is "buying off" the US trade negotiators. "Buying off" is a term used this week by Secretary of Agriculture – Sonny Perdue. So, we ask the question: what does it look like? Would it mean China is buying US corn or wheat? Does it mean China is consuming more – that's what's important – will it be new demand?

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December 16, 2018 | |

Want To Make Better Commodity Buying or Selling Decisions? Think like Ted Williams.

At the risk of wearing out sports analogies…

There is a saying in basketball: “The only important shot you take is the next one.”  The same is true when making decisions about commodity markets. Here at IAG, we know decisions about markets can be frustrating. There is always doubt when reaching a decision. There is never a black/white decision. Decisions need to be made with incomplete data.  Anyone can do it successfully if you think like a top shooter in basketball or a top hitter in baseball. Stephen Curry is one of the best shooters in basketball; he believes every shot he takes will go in – never a doubt, but he misses almost as many as he makes. What does it take to be a great shooter? A short memory and countless hours on the court. It’s the same with commodity buying and selling decisions. The decision maker must accept they will be wrong when measured against the market, but the decision maker can’t let “misses” paralyze their decision making.

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December 3, 2018 | |

Farmers Need To Be Traders

Here at IAG, we know farmers wake up with a market position every day. Most traders have a choice whether to take a position. Farmers do not have that choice. They have a position that needs attention and management. It doesn’t mean they have to be active traders. It requires them to be active managers, and proactive managers.  I believe most farmers inherently understand the position, but they choose to deal with the position in a myriad of methods. That myriad creates the vast difference in marketing results experienced by the farm population. Results can be improved if they approach the position similar to a money manager or professional trader and follow these basic rules:

  1. Manage the money
  2. Design a Plan B before a Plan A
  3. Monitor continuously.
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November 21, 2018 | |

Six After Harvest Finance Questions to Answer

Harvest marks the end of one season and the beginning of another. After you park the combine for the year, you should head to the office to grade your financial success and start planning for the next crop cycle.

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November 21, 2018 | |

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a national holiday celebrated in the U.S. as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest. It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November and has historical roots dating back to the autumn of 1621.

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