Archive | July, 2005

The commodity trader’s most important tool

By Kevin Kerr – BALTIMORE (MarketWatch) — In the world of commodities trading, several things are vital for a new trader to learn right away. But the experienced trader also needs to constantly review these same things. As a trader we have a toolbox — some have more tools than others, but we all have […]

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HedgeStreet Launches Agricultural Contracts

Introduces Hedgelets(R) for USDA Corn and Soybean Production Forecasts SAN MATEO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 28, 2005–HedgeStreet Inc. today announced that its members can now trade Hedgelets to take positions on the widely-watched USDA corn and soybean production forecasts. HedgeStreet, Inc. is the first U.S. government-designated online market that lets traders directly buy and sell innovative financial […]

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Commodity Investment Funds Sprout

By Tim Wood – NEW YORK ( — Before this current commodity up-cycle retail investors had to be content with very indirect exposure to the actual natural resources rather than the companies that mined, traded or manufactured them. Now new vehicles are sprouting everywhere offering general and specific long exposure to spot and futures markets […]

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Canada Cattle Update

The Government of Saskatchewan is dedicating an additional $75 million to its share of the 2004 Canadian Agricultural Income Stabilization (CAIS) program. “The Government of Saskatchewan is committed to the province’s agriculture industry, and the needs of our producers are a top priority,” Agriculture and Food Minister Mark Wartman said. “With the increased revenues the […]

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Who’s Afraid of China Inc.?

By Steve Lohr – WILLIAM A. REINSCH, an avowed free trader, welcomes China’s rising stature in the international economy. After all, he is the president of the National Foreign Trade Council, an organization founded in 1914 to promote an “open world trading system.” Indeed, when he was a senior trade official in the Clinton administration, […]

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Going with the grain

By Kevin Kerr – NORWALK, Conn. (MarketWatch) — Farmers in Indiana are surveying their crops in disgust. No “knee high by July” corn here. In fact, most of it’s about half the size of an average ear at this time last year. All of it’s due to the drought, and little relief seems to be […]

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China forex move 1st of many – Greenspan

The change in China’s exchange rate regime announced Thursday is just the first of many adjustments, predicted Federal Reserve chief Alan Greenspan. “I look at it as a first step in a number of further adjustments as they invariably increase their participation in the world trading markets. And so I think it’s a good start,” […]

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Commodities boom to continue: Jim Rogers

The boom market in commodities will last till sometime between 2014 and 2022, feels investment guru Jim Rogers. The commodity cycle is on an upturn, and the trend is likely to continue. Rogers said, “If history has any guard, this boom market will last until sometime between 2014-2022. It has a long, long way to […]

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Weather causes corn, soybean deterioration

Hot, hot, hot! The pretty well sums up the weather outlook for this week and perhaps expectation for the market. But history clearly shows that weather markets like the one the corn and soybean markets are experiencing usually end when you least expect them to, and the retreat in prices can be much more rapid […]

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