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How Can Someone Get Started in Commodity Trading? | Ask the Analysts

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How can someone get started in commodity trading? Experienced commodity market analysts provide thoughtful insight on trading skills, price trends, and strategies to help students better understand how the markets work.

What Does a New Producer or Trader Need to Know About Commodity Markets? | Ask the Analysts

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What commodity would you recommend to a new trader? In each Ask the Analyst segment, experienced commodity market analysts provide thoughtful insight on trading skills, price trends, and strategies to better understand how the markets work.

Career Profile: Educator & Agronomist Catherine Swoboda | Market to Market Classroom

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Learn about Catherine Swoboda, an agronomist who develops educational programming for the World Food Prize Foundation in this career profile from Market to Market Classroom. She uses her strong background in agricultural science to motivate high school students and teachers in and around Iowa to further Norman Borlaug's mission to alleviate hunger around the world. Market to Market Classroom provides insight on the experiences, education and opportunities from a variety of career professionals working in agriculture-related industries. 

Commodity Markets: Managing Risk with Cash Markets and Forward Contracting | Market to Market Classroom

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Learn about the two methods that are commonly used by farmers and ranchers to market commodities and manage risk in this video from Market to Market Classroom. Agriculture production is full of risk. In any year, growers can face weather perils that include droughts and floods. Even when producers escape those extremes, conditions must be favorable at key periods during planting, growing, and harvesting. And even after crops are grown and harvested, producers still encounter risk. Changes in consumer demand, unforeseen international events, costs for fuel, and other circumstances can all influence profit. But the greatest risk of all may not be associated with producing commodities, but in marketing, or selling, them for a profit. Two methods that are commonly used to market commodities are cash marketing and forward contracting. 

Cash marketing takes place when a farmer sells his commodity for cash. A trade on the cash market always involves transfer of the actual commodity.The farmer delivers their grain to the elevator after harvest or from storage, and receives the current price. The farmer's primary risk is if prices move lower while holding the commodity, he or she will have missed the opportunity to sell at the higher price.

A forward contract is a way to minimize the risk that the price of a commodity might go down before a farmer sells. A forward contract is an agreement to deliver a specific amount of a specific commodity at a specific time in the future. Because no one really knows whether prices will go up or down, a forward contract "locks-in" a price that is higher than the current cash price.

Career Profile: Entrepreneur Alex Poltorak | Market to Market Classroom

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Learn about Alex Poltorak, an agricultural business entrepreneur who founded Urban Canopy, a company that works with Chicago-area neighborhoods growing food in this career profile from Market to Market Classroom. Market to Market Classroom provides insight on the experiences, education and opportunities from a variety of career professionals working in agriculture-related industries.

How are Commodity Markets Regulated? | Ask the Analysts

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Learn how commodity markets are regulated with this video from the Ask the Analysts segment of the Market to Market series. In each Ask the Analyst segment, experienced commodity market analysts provide thoughtful insight on trading skills, price trends, and strategies to better understand how the markets work.

Career Profile: Food Security Advisor Adam Reinhart | Market to Market Classroom

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Adam Reinhart is an agriculture and food security advisor for the U.S. government's Office of Food for Peace in this career profile from Market to Market Classroom. Market to Market Classroom provides insight on the experiences, education and opportunities from a variety of career professionals working in agriculture-related industries. 

How Did You Get Started in Commodity Market Analysis? | Ask the Analysts

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How did you get started in commodity market analysis? In each Ask the Analyst segment, experienced commodity market analysts provide thoughtful insight on trading skills, price trends, and strategies to help students and producers better understand how the markets work.

Career Profile: Commodities Trader Jack Scoville | Market to Market Classroom

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Commodities Trader Jack Scoville places trades for others at the Chicago Board of Trade in this career profile from Market to Market Classroom. Market to Market Classroom provides insight on the experiences, education and opportunities from a variety of career professionals working in agriculture-related industries.

What Chance Does a Single Investor Have Against High-Frequency Trading? | Ask the Analysts

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What chance does a single investor have against high-frequency trading? Experienced commodity market analysts provide thoughtful insight on trading skills, price trends, and strategies to better understand how the markets work.

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