A Chance to Buy Corn At A Potential Bottom

(This is an excerpt from an article I originally published on Seeking Alpha on August 13, 2013. Click here to read the entire piece.) If there was any time for Teucrium Corn (CORN) to finally bounce, Monday (August 12, 2013) was it. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its projection for record corn … Read more

The Farm Economy Is So Healthy, Government Subsidies Are Going to Millionaires

(This is an excerpt from an article I originally published on Seeking Alpha on August 28, 2012. Click here to read the entire piece.) In “Why Taxpayers Pay For Farmers’ Insurance“, Planet Money recently took on the sensitive subject of subsidies to farmers. My sense has always been that these subsidies are more controversial amongst … Read more

2012 Has Delivered Some Attractive Bargains In Commodities

(This is an excerpt from an article I originally published on Seeking Alpha on April 23, 2012. Click here to read the entire piece.) Commodity stocks have generally underperformed the stock market in 2012. I still cannot decide whether this weakness represents a leading indicator of broader weakness to come or a fortuitous relief to … Read more

Buying Opportunities Arrive As Agricultural Stocks Limp Into 2012

This is an excerpt from an article I originally published on Seeking Alpha on January 1, 2012. Click here to read the entire piece.) In my last post updating the current list of buy candidates for the “commodity crash” portfolio, I neglected to include fertilizer stocks. Phosphate and potash producers – like Mosaic (MOS), Potash … Read more

The Federal Reserve Finally Tries to Fight A Bubble…In the Price of Farmland

(Originally published in Inflation Watch) Under Alan Greenspan, the Federal Reserve was known to stand on the sidelines while bubbles in asset prices grew and grew. Greenspan had a lot more faith in the Federal Reserve’s ability to mop up the subsequent mess caused by a bubble’s collapse than in its ability to stop a … Read more

Commodities Crash: Stocks That Have Erased QE2 Gains (Agriculture, Oil, Natural Gas)

(This is an excerpt from an article I originally published on Seeking Alpha. Click here to read the entire piece.) Trades continue to trigger in the on-going sell-off in commodities. In my last listing of commodity stocks that have erased all their post-QE2 gains, I did not include stocks in agriculture, oil, or natural gas. … Read more

Chart Review: Bottoming Pattern for the Cotton ETN – BAL

Commodities continue to exhibit a dichotomy of patterns. Some have made new 52-week (and all-time) highs as they continue to recover from June’s selling. Others, like BAL, the iPath Dow Jones-UBS Cotton Total Return Sub-Index ETN, have continued a strong sell-off. On July 18, the stock gapped down, but buyers immediately closed the gap and … Read more