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Industry analysis

HIGHLIGHTS FROM RECENT ECONOMIC CONFERENCES conservative was the key word being used by economists at the beginning of the summer. During one recent conference presentation, Derek Burleton, VP and Deputy Chief Economist at TD Bank [Read more]

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Finding the silver lining

OPTIMISM FOR GRAIN FARMERS IN A VOLATILE GLOBAL ECONOMY grain farmers should look to 2012 with optimism. Despite the economic volatility that is expected to continue into the new year buoyed by Europe’s financial crisis, [Read more]

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Cause or coincidence?

EXAMINING THE ROLE OF SPECULATORS IN PRICE VOLATILITY the sharp run-up in commodity prices during 2007 and 2008 set off another round of the ongoing debate over speculators and their role in price volatility.  Though [Read more]

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2012 US commodity market outlook

. Please note that due to the publication schedule, this outlook of the commodity markets was written based on market intelligence from late-November, 2011. Efforts have been made to make this as up-to-date and informative [Read more]

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It’s not just soybeans

CHINA’S AGRICULTURAL TRANSFORMATION tour a chinese corn farm and it’s easy to think that what you see — hardworking rural families living in simple houses and tilling an acre or two with a minimum of [Read more]

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2012 fertilizer outlook

HIGH DEMAND EXPECTED TO INCREASE FERTILIZER INPUT COSTS ontario farmers heading to the fields this spring will undoubtedly find fertilizer input costs higher than what they were a year ago. Ongoing strong global demand caused [Read more]

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Currencies and commodities

UNDERSTANDING THE INTERACTION BETWEEN GRAIN PRICES AND FOREIGN EXCHANGE everyday in currency markets around the world traders measure the value of different currencies against each other. The action is heated as different economic factors come [Read more]