Debbie Carlson

Commodities Markets Writer


Debbie Carlson has focused on commodities for much of her writing career. She spent more than a decade at Dow Jones covering the Chicago-based futures exchanges. As a Dow Jones editor, she worked closely with The Wall Street Journal and Barron's in planning commodities coverage.

Ag Markets Are Using More Qualitative Data

Agricultural data have been around for almost as long as there have been markets, but the type of data and…

Lower Costs, Structural Changes Driving FX Futures Growth

Changing behavior by sell-side participants is bringing new participants to the FX futures market, according to research by Greenwich Associates….

Meet the World’s Longest Serving Futures Trader

Had the employment office at Roosevelt College (now Roosevelt University) in Chicago not been next to the student lounge, Lee…

Leo Melamed Honored by the Government of Japan

When CME Group Chairman Emeritus Leo Melamed was a child, his family fled the Nazis in World War II and…

S&P Select Sectors See Bump on Fed, Fiscal Policy and Amazon

Equity index futures traders are increasingly relying on a new tool when news hits. Gone are the days of total…

FX Futures: How Currency Trading Revolutionized Finance

The story behind the world’s first financial futures contracts.

The 10-Year Note: A Futures Market Revolution

  Few futures contracts have done as well as the 10-year Treasury Note. When it debuted on May 3, 1982,…

How Grain Futures Contracts Revolutionized Finance

  This is the second in a series of stories on products critical to futures markets that have defined their…

How Options Are Changing Livestock Markets

Futures markets have always been one way for producers to mitigate risk, but livestock options have seen a surge in volume and open interest in recent years.

Will Lower Fuel Prices Help Farmers In Planting Season?

The drop in crude oil prices will only have a limited impact for farmers this growing season, as lower grain…

New Storage Alternatives Help Grain Farmers

A common sight in farm country during the 2014 harvest was massive piles of harvested corn and soybeans as big…

Commodities Investing Is Making A Comeback

After the global financial crisis, commodity markets became more correlated with equity and bond markets. That’s changing now, and it might be time for another look at the sector.