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.

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.

USDA Reports Remain Important Tools in Ag Markets

Agriculture markets and market participants have grown very sophisticated over the years, with technological improvements and new ways to gather…

Where Ag Risk Management Meets Technology

Technological advances over the past decade are helping farmers run their businesses better, but there have been limits to how much technological advancement the agricultural industry has witnessed on the risk management side.

Ag Market Brokers Connecting Through Apps, Software

Technology is helping agricultural brokers build improved risk-management programs for farmers, allowing them to much more easily chart different strategies…

How New Technology is Reshaping Agriculture

Technologically savvy American farmers are using everything from simple text messages to GPS to biomass imaging in order to manage their production in ways not possible 10 to 15 years ago.

How High-Tech Is Helping Lenders Improve Ag Risk Management

New technology is helping agricultural lenders get a better handle on their customers’ marketing strategies, which is leading to improved…

The Pipeline Role in the U.S. Energy Boom

The crude-oil production boom in the United States  is leading to an infrastructure rebirth as the oil industry scrambles to…

How Changing Economics Are Changing Oil Benchmarks

The changing economics of the global energy industry are changing how benchmark prices are being used to hedge risk and this transformation is likely to continue for the next several years.