Grinding Market Gives Farmers Signs to Defend Balance Sheet

January 17, 2018 02:33 PM
 
 

For many, 2017 seemed to be a bland, lifeless year when it came to commodity markets. Halfway through January 2018, it seems this year will be more of the same: less dynamic and uninspired.

There could be something to shake the market up in the next 11 months, and Brian Basting, commodity research analyst for Advance Trading, Inc., is suggesting that farmers are in a position to defend their balance sheet as the year goes on.

“It’s a way of getting your arms around your bushels, i.e., having downside price protection on your bushels, having downside price protection—if the market works lower, you have protection against that,” he told AgDay host Clinton Griffiths.

One way a producer can do that is with a put option, or once there’s a floor locked after bushels are sold, buy a call option.

“Do something that gets you in control of those bushels so you’re not just letting those bushels sit in the bin,” he said. “The market is grinding lower as we speak and those bushels are losing value.”

Hear why he is watching South America on AgDay above.

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