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Grain Swaps - farmers' friend or hazard to be avoided?

Posted by Robert Herrmann on 30 October 2019
  • “I won’t use swaps because if the market goes up I will lose”

  • “I have heard of a wheat farmer who lost his farm as a result of taking a Grain Swap”

  • “The bank always wins; they know more about the market than we do”

  • “With swaps, someone always wins and someone always loses”

Sound familiar?

These are just some of the statements we have heard from farmers when the issue of swaps is raised.

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Topics: Risk management, Grain market / grain price

Grain Trade Insolvency - a real danger?

Posted by Andrew Whitelaw on 17 July 2019

In recent weeks Lempriere Grain went into administration, taking with it debts of A$18.8m. This is not the first grain company to fold and will not be the last.

We felt like it was an opportune time to revisit counterparty risk in light of recent industry rumours of a number of grain traders at risk.

Is counterparty risk a major issue, and how can you protect against it?

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Topics: Grain market / grain price, Agriculture

What to look out for in 2019 - Grain

Posted by Andrew Whitelaw on 11 January 2019

In this series of blog articles, we’re taking a look back at the year that was for agricultural commodities and provide our insight for the year ahead.

This installment highlights 2018’s key movements in grain markets and what to keep your eye on in 2019.

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Topics: Grain market / grain price, agricultural industry

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