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Ag Hedging Costs Could Spike if La Niña Strikes

Off The Charts! examines the pertinent economic issues of the day, providing a deeper dive into complex topics and framing the issues in a way that can lead to a better understanding of the financial and commodities markets.

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Understanding Treasury Futures

Gain an in-depth overview of the fundamentals of trading U.S. Treasury futures, with the newest version of our most popular whitepaper. Readers will receive:  A primer on the operation of cash Treasury securities Details on the features of the U.S. Treasury futures contracts A grounding in risk management applications with Treasury futures

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Evolving Economics of Bitcoin, Gold, Currencies

An inherent tension exists between the two major purposes of money.  Currencies that are perceived as great stores of value, such as gold and bitcoin, make for poor mediums of exchange.  By contrast, currencies that are effective mediums of exchange, such as fiat currencies used the world over, can make …

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Oil Markets in Supply-Demand Tug of War

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil has been stuck in a wide yet fairly well-defined trading range of $42 – $55 per barrel since September 2016.  In the near-term, that range might shift modestly upward to $48 – $62, and drift lower over the long term by $10 to …

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Abenomics: A Work in Progress After Five Years

Japanese voters returned Prime Minister Shinzō Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party to power for a third term with over 60% of the seats in the lower house of parliament on Sunday October 22.  The vote was an endorsement of Abe’s “three arrows” approach to reviving Japan’s economy though monetary policy, fiscal …