Archive for January 2019

USDA Awards Agricultural Trade Promotion Program Funding

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(Washington, D.C., January 31, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $200 million to 57 organizations through the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP) to help U.S. farmers and ranchers identify and access new export markets. The ATP is one of three USDA programs…

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Why has Equity Index-Treasury Options Volatility Diverged?

The divergent behavior of Treasury and equity index options markets is somewhat surprising because normally these two markets move more-or-less in tandem. Were equity options traders right to have been so worried?  If so, were bond options traders wrong to have remained so calm? More broadly, after an extended period of exceptionally low volatility in…

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Perdue Selects Three Senior Leaders at USDA

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(Washington, D.C., January 28, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today selected three highly-qualified individuals for senior leadership positions at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Perdue named Dr. Mindy Brashears as Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety, Naomi Earp as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, and Dr. Scott Hutchins as Deputy…

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USDA Extends Early Bird Registration for the 2019 Agricultural Outlook Forum

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WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended early bird registration rates for the 2019 Agricultural Outlook Forum (AOF) until Feb. 6. The forum, the largest annual meeting of USDA, will take place on Feb. 21-22, 2019, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Va. “This year’s Ag Outlook…

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Equities: Six Ways to Spot a Flagging Bull Market

Figure 1: The Bull Market Began Nearly 10 Years Ago on March 9, 2009, Assuming it’s Not Over. Fortuitously, there is no time limit on how long markets can keep rising, and just because the bull market is 10 years old, doesn’t mean it’s anywhere near being over (although it might be). But there are…

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Secretary Perdue Statement on Reopening the Federal Government

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Release & Contact Info Press Release Release No. 0006.19 Contact: USDA PressEmail: [email protected] (Washington, D.C., January 25, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today issued the following statement in response to President Donald J. Trump’s announcement of reopening the federal government: “President Trump’s announcement of the reopening of the federal government is welcome news, as it…

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Market Challenges in 2019

About the Presenter Bluford “Blu” Putnam has served as Managing Director and Chief Economist of CME Group since May 2011. With more than 35 years of experience in the financial services industry and concentrations in central banking, investment research, and portfolio management, Blu serves as CME Group’s spokesperson on global economic conditions. View more reports…

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Oil: Surging Implied Volatility Sending a Signal?

About the Presenter Erik Norland is Executive Director and Senior Economist of CME Group. He is responsible for generating economic analysis on global financial markets by identifying emerging trends, evaluating economic factors and forecasting their impact on CME Group and the company’s business strategy, and upon those who trade in its various markets. He is…

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USDA to Reopen FSA Offices for Additional Services During Government Shutdown

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  (Washington, D.C., January 22, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that all Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices nationwide will soon reopen to provide additional administrative services to farmers and ranchers during the lapse in federal funding.  Certain FSA offices have been providing limited services for existing loans and tax documents since January 17, and will continue…

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