Q: How come the Chicago guys keep knocking down the price of my grain?
A: They don't. In fact the Grain futures trading pits are all closed. Have been for a while. The next time anyone tells you that it is Chicago's fault, stop talking to them and start talking to me.
Q: I'm sick of hearing about basis. Just give me a price.
A: We can help you buy and sell your crop using futures and options strategies, as many times as you want in a year, but one of the few edges you have left at your disposal is using basis to your advantage. But usually only once a year. Lets not let that opportunity slip away.
Q: Are the good prices we received for our crops the last few years behind us?
A: In the past, America fed the world. South America now surpasses the USA in grain production and our strong dollar policies don't help exports much either. Global political and monetary changes now have much more effect on your bottom line. Regional domestic demand opportunities become much more important timing inputs in this environment, I believe you will have opportunities to market your grain at favorable prices, but the windows to act will narrow significantly.
Q: What makes you different than other commodity advisors and brokers?
A: I am truly independent. Malcom Ag Group, Inc. does not receive commissions or payments from any brokerage house or insurance agency or anyone else in the commodities industry for directing your business. That means I will tell you what I think is the best way to protect you, or help you profit from any situation. Lots of times the best option for a farmer doesn't involve futures or options. It might be basis, HTA, or a cash sale. Lots of times its a combination. We work thru what's best for you.
Q: Are you an IB?
A: No. I do own options (COM)and index (IDEM) exchange memberships with the CME group that I utilize for my personal trading. I will direct you to cost effective ways to execute exchange traded products, based on your unique situation.
Q: How do you get paid?
A: Great question. One on one, total farm review and recommendations throughout the year is a $3 per acre annual fee, and unique situations are on negotiated contracts. My annual consulting fee is a one time cost. I don't have any soft money arrangements. Whatever I do to help you save in costs or monetary gains throughout the year, you keep. The lessons you learn will last a lifetime.