We’ve kept our eyes on other improving indicators happening in resources, Europe and emerging markets. These places may not be as widely popular, but investors can benefit greatly from taking a view that’s different from the ones observed by the majority.
Pete Nessler, CEO of FCStone Group, was raised in Chicago but earned his stripes in the grain fields of Iowa. Working with elevators and farmers, he helped turn Farmers Commodities Corp. from a group of co-ops into the international brokerage firm INTLFCStone that it is today.
Protec Energy Partners has produced solid risk-adjusted returns over its three-year track record, probably because principals Todd Garner and Andrew Greenberg have been working together for 14 years and both have worked in the energy field for more than 30.
A key to investing in Russia is to focus on domestic areas of the market that are profitable and growing. While China’s urbanization gets a lot of attention today, in the case of the Soviet Union, urbanization happened back in the thirties.
Barclays Plc and four former traders were ordered to pay a combined $487.9 million in fines and penalties by the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for engaging in what the agency said was a scheme to manipulate energy markets in the Western U.S. from 2006 to 2008.
Sugar prices continue to trend lower and are now trading at a three-year low. According to the ISO, there will be a global production/consumption surplus of 8.5 million tonnes for the 2012-13 marketing year. The ISO forecasts another surplus for the new crop year.