Commodity Markets: Fundamental Factors Affecting Agriculture

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The Impact of Low Supplies, High Demand and a Weak Dollar

An overview of how fundamental factors such as supply, demand and global events affect the prices of basic commodities.

Prepared by CME Group Research, this presentation explains the why current agricultural markets are under strain worldwide and why prices are increasing. Topics include:

  • Current levels of available agricultural commodities
  • How events impact corn, wheat and soybean prices
  • The effect of a weakening dollar on commodity prices
  • Global growth of the agricultural futures market
  • Margins and speculative position limits
  • How CME Group benchmark agricultural futures and options are serving the agricultural marketplace
  • Why speculators are not to blame for agricultural price increases