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How to tell if the market is about to change direction – Part three

Posted by Matt Dalgleish on 7 March 2016

This blog is the third instalment in a series on technical analysis/charting tools used to predict potential change in market trend. The purpose of these series of blog articles is to give our readers a more in depth background on a variety of technical analysis tools that can be used as a reference point for readers unfamiliar with charting.

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Topics: Risk management, markets, technical analysis, trading

I don’t like the grain price, but I need the cash!

Posted by Angus Brown on 23 November 2015

It’s not often headers are out in south western Victoria in November, but just yesterday a grower started harvesting Canola next door.  As with many growers, it’s decision time in terms of marketing. In terms of Canola, the $20 fall in price in the last fortnight has made the initial plan to simply sell Canola at harvest now a little less palatable. 

Wheat prices have also eased as we moved into harvest, with wheat values falling on the back of lower international markets. These falls in price present a conundrum for the growers who need cash, but don’t like the price.

Does that sound familiar?

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Topics: Risk management, Grain market / grain price, Bank Swaps

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

Posted by Robert Herrmann on 23 November 2015
  • “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