Category: AG Markets

02 Oct 2019

Asset Class Scoreboard: September 2019

Is anyone going to be able to stop U.S. Real Estate and US Stocks? Yeeeeshh, those two classes rebounded big time in Sep, to get back into the 20%+ club. In the world of MF,  there was a classic reversion to the mean after a big August, causing managed futures to drop a couple spots, […]

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19 Sep 2019

Hogs=one confused market

A few months back we were talking about the “Hogdiculous” market moves created by the African Swine Flu and sending the Hog market into a frenzy. ASF is highly contagious –as in if 1 or 2 of your pigs shows symptoms, you’ll have to get rid of your whole lot kind of contagious – and […]

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03 Sep 2019
Markets, RCM Alternatives, Asset Class

Asset Class Scoreboard: August 2019

Look who’s up there enjoying the double party after a strong August. It’s Managed futures turning in the negatively correlated performance people yearn for in a bumpy month for stocks. US real estate continues to go bonkers, while commodities and bonds are perhaps the biggest surprise YTD near 10% gains. Hedge Funds, meanwhile, continue to […]

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02 Aug 2019

Asset Scoreboard: July

Not the greatest start to the third quarter of the year. After the returns in the second quarter of 2019, July gave some pretty dismal returns. For the first time this year there isn’t a double-digit return on the board. Managed futures had the best return of the month, and luckily all of the classes […]

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11 Jul 2019

The ‘right twice a day clock’ that is gold.

We have long been in the Warren Buffet camp in relation to Gold: “Gold gets dug out of the ground in Africa, or someplace. Then we melt it down, dig another hole, bury it again and pay people to stand around guarding it. It has no utility. Anyone watching from Mars would be scratching their […]

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02 Jul 2019

Asset Class Scoreboard: June 2019

It’s like someone put a mirror between asset classes in May and June – with most asset classes performing nearly the exact opposite side of their percentage from the month before. Low volatility continues to persist (as we had suggested at the beginning of the year) bringing in big positives across the board after the […]

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30 May 2019

This is what Non-CORNellation looks like

It’s been raining a lot here in the Midwest this spring. Like, only 5 little league games have actually been played instead of 15 scheduled, a lot. For most of us, that means some severe weather, tornado threats, and flooding.  But for those who plant the world’s Corn and Soybean crops in the Midwest, that […]

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21 May 2019

The Chinese trade war is affecting American soybeans

Sure is tough to be an American farmer these days, with headlines like this popping up around President Trump’s ongoing trade war with the Chinese: Nowhere is this pain being felt more than in the Soybean market, which is the second largest financially important crop in the U.S., with $41 Billion with soybeans grown in […]

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16 Apr 2019

The return of the AG

We’ve talked recently about African Swine Flu sending the Hog market for a ride, and that’s just the sort of thing we imagined in our 2019 Outlook whitepaper when we talked about the “return of Ag.” There’s been four straight years of volatility contraction for the Ag markets, and there’s a real threat that the […]

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12 Sep 2018

Where’s the Wheat?

A drive across farming states of the US has a different look than it did maybe 20 years ago, but we’re not talking about shopping malls having popped up where there used to be a farm. We’re talking about the drive from say Cleveland to Dallas seeing less and less wheat – those famous “amber […]

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