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Making a Market

The results of a recent WPI poll which asked respondents how bullish or bearish they are for grain and soy prices for 2019 were striking. Of the respondents, 47 percent said they are slightly bullish, 41 percent are slightly bearish, 6 percent are very bearish, and 6 percent are neutral. None of the respondents were “very bullish”. Effectively, a total of 47 percent of the poll respondents are on the bearish side of neutral, and 47 percent are on the bullish side.  To put it another way, those respondents who hold bullish opinions are exactly offset by an equal number holding bearish opinions. It is true that a large majority of poll respondents holding opinions about the market are only slightly bullish or slightly bearis...

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