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CFTC Approves Commodity Position Limits

One common thread running through part of the history of grain trading has been the subject of federally set limits on the size of positions that a trader could hold in grain and oilseed futures and options. On 15 October, the CFTC finally approved a new rule regarding commodity position limits. Here’s a look at how we got here and what it means for agriculture. During the 1930’s Great Depression crop prices were low enough that many farms went under. Some farmers complained that rampant speculation in grain futures contracts traded on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) and other exchanges were depressing crop prices. Thus, in 1936 Congress passed legislation creating the Commodity Exchange Authority (CEA) as an agency of USDA t...

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WPI’s team was retained by the governing board of a U.S. industry organization to review a decision, reached by vote, to invest significant assets into the development and management of an export trading company. WPI’s team conducted a formal review of this decision and concluded that the current level of market saturation would limit the benefits of the investment. Based on WPI’s analysis and recommended actions, the board subsequently reversed its decision and undertook a strategic planning effort to identify more impactful investments. On behalf of numerous clients, WPI has not only assisted in identifying strategic paths but also advised their implementation.

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