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News Impacts on Commodity Volatility

Researchers from Northwestern, Stanford, and the University of Chicago tracked equity market volatility with articles from eleven different newspapers, and they unsurprisingly found that trade policy had no impact on the market prior to the election of Donald Trump (see NBER Working Paper No. 25720). In fact, the researchers’ Equity Volatility Index tracker indicated that news about government policy in general has become more greatly correlated with market volatility since 2017-18. Yet using this same theory and applying it to agricultural commodity futures prices was not as conclusive. As would be expected, commodity prices rose the day that the USMCA was signed and fell the day that President Trump announced higher duties on impor...

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Ag Review - October 2020

WPI's monthly publication features a review of the past month's market and policy analysis articles. This issue looks at the continued impact of the global pandemic on agriculture markets, the potential implications of the upcoming U.S. elections, changes in Brazil’s tariff policies, an a...

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