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Alan Brugler

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Sep 13, 2019

Bulls at Work

Market Watch with Alan Brugler September 13, 2019 Bulls At Work Just a week after our “Bears at Work” column highlighting the underperformance of commodities vs. equities over the past five years, we had a week where ALL of the ag commodities we track were higher for the week. Was
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Sep 06, 2019

Bears at Work

Market Watch with Alan Brugler September 6, 2019 Bears At Work Coming off of Labor Day, it’s appropriate to talk about work. The bears in the commodity markets were hard at work this week. The bulls were also at work, but it was over in the stock market with the
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Aug 30, 2019

An Ebbing Tide

Market Watch with Alan Brugler August 30, 2019 An Ebbing Tide There is a famous aphorism that “a rising tide floats all boats”. The inverse of that would be an ebbing tide lowering (not necessarily sinking!) all boats. In our commodities view, the rising tide is macro demand for commodities,
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Aug 23, 2019

Stop The Carousel

Market Watch with Alan Brugler August 23, 2019 Stop the Carousel Stop the carousel, I want to get off! Like a scary movie where the carousel keeps whirling faster and faster, just about everyone is getting dizzy with all these tweets and tariff announcements and countervailing tariffs. And it is
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Aug 16, 2019

Hammers and Nails

Market Watch with Alan Brugler August 16, 2019 Hammers and Nails There is a saying in Japanese candlestick charting that “the nail which sticks up gets hammered down”. That pretty much sums up the corn market since last May. We had a huge rally based on planting delays and prevented
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Aug 09, 2019

You Go First

Market Watch with Alan Brugler August 9, 2019 You Go First We get a lot of questions about the US/China trade situation and likely impacts on ag exports. Negotiators are notoriously tight lipped unless they have a trial balloon that they need the other side to see. At the moment,
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Aug 02, 2019

Here We Go Again

Market Watch with Austin Schroeder August 2, 2019 Here We Go Again One thing I’ve noticed from Alan’s weekly MarketWatch column is that he often refers to songs from his younger days, an era well before mine. I decided to stick with that theme this week. Just when the Trade
Jul 26, 2019

Long Term vs. Short Term

Market Watch with Alan Brugler July 26, 2019 Long Term vs. Short Term The futures market is by definition one that looks ahead. It is trying to anticipate the future value of a commodity, and allow buyers and sellers to lay off price risk if they don’t like the price
Jul 19, 2019

HEAT

Market Watch with Alan Brugler July 19, 2019 HEAT We asked that fount of knowledge called Google for a definition of heat. It is both a noun and a verb. As a noun it is the quality of being hot, but also intensity of feeling synonymous with passion, i.e. the