NZ dairy futures taking shape

The New Zealand Herald has a story about how the first global dairy futures market being established by the New Zealand Stock Exchange (NZX) will cement the country’s position as a leader in the industry.

However, there is concern that some dairy farmers won’t be financially literate enough to use or understand how the markets work.

There are comment from NZX head of traded products, Fiona Mackenzie, Fonterra’s head of global trade, Kelvin Wickham, and Fonterra Shareholder Council chairman, Blue Read, and veteran farming leader Charlie Pedersen:

The development of the world’s first global dairy futures market could cement New Zealand’s position as an industry leader, NZX says, but there are doubts that farmers will have the financial sophistication to use it.

Sharemarket operator NZX is designing the futures platform to help world dairying players manage their risk in increasingly volatile markets. READ MORE.

Senate probe finds excessive speculation in wheat markets

A story by Reuters about a U.S. Senate report finding excessive speculation in wheat markets:

Commodity index traders had snapped up more than 200,000 wheat contracts by mid-2008 that helped fuel last year’s record jump in prices, which ended up raising costs for both industry and consumers, according to a  year-long bipartisan Senate probe.

The report found large wheat purchases on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange pushed up futures prices, disrupted convergence between futures and cash prices and increased costs for farmers, the grain industry and consumers. READ HERE.

And for those diehard fans of Commodify Me! who are also interested to see what impact speculation and the ensuing speculative bubble had on oil prices in 2008, then please read the transcript of a 60 Minutes story on CBS :  Did Speculation Fuel Oil Price Swings?