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USDA Planted Acreage

Monday Outlook: Big Week for Ag Markets

  The USDA’s Prospective Plantings report is one of the biggest of the year for agricultural markets. The report reveals the…

Jose Scheinkman

José Scheinkman: A Curious Economist Who Keeps Asking Questions

In the economic community, José Scheinkman’s wide-ranging research is highly regarded and well known. His work has tackled a diverse…


Monday Outlook: It’s FOMC Week

  It’s FOMC week, and you know what that means. From gold to Eurodollars, the market is preparing for what…

USDA Planted Acreage

Monday Outlook: Grain Supply and Demand

  The monthly crop production and USDA supply and demand reports on Tuesday will be ones to watch for grain…

Snowed In

Monday Outlook: Winter Weather’s Impact

  Several major economic reports will be released this week, and the market will be watching how much weather affects…


These Three Factors Are Holding Back Growth in Latin America

Latin American currencies have weakened a great deal since early 2014 in large part due to slow growth in the region. These trends are likely to continue through 2015, for three primary reasons.

Trading Challenge 2015 infographic

Infographic: The CME Group Trading Challenge

The preliminary round of the annual CME Group Trading Challenge wrapped up Thursday, February 19, with several universities still battling…

Grain Storage

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…

Coeur Mining

Coeur Mining on the New LBMA Silver Price (Video)

When the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) adopted a more transparent system for global spot market silver settlement prices in…


Monday Outlook: Sources of Volatility

  This week, we’ll see how the market reacts to recent jobs data, released Friday, and , as Jack Bouroudjian…

Indian Rupee Modi

Why It’s A Turnaround Year for India and Rupee Futures

  When the Fed first signaled an end to Quantitative Easing in 2013, the resulting “taper tantrums” was a wake-up…

Retail Trader

Why Retail Traders Should Learn Futures

  We launched an important and innovative new web site in January called Futures Institute.  Important because it serves an…