What's Behind Commodity Price and Price Basis Levels and Volatility? Congressional Hearings and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) have sought to better understand factors that have contributed to increased volatility of futures market prices for a number of agricultural commodities. Failure of cash and futures prices to
converge at delivery has sometimes made futures less useful as effective hedging tools, affecting a wide range of agribusinesses worldwide. Price levels, volatility and wider price basis, the difference between cash prices and prices of nearby futures contracts, have been blamed by some observers on speculation by funds, government support for biofuels,
energy prices as well as tight supplies, limited carryover stocks and
other factors. Market Solutions LLC examined changes in price basis for soybeans and other crops in different parts of the country, and the role played by rail transportation costs. Findings were widely cited in a variety of news media.
Market Assessments, Feasibility Analysis and Business Plan Development Support for a variety of production, processing, handling, storage, distribution, transportation and transloading facilities. We have examined facilities involving rail, barge, truck, air and ocean freight shipments and a variety of different port locations.
Market and Economic Impact Analysis and Expert Witness Testimony. Market Solutions LLC has provided in-depth economic analysis, depositions and expert witness testimony in legal proceedings and before government agencies. We have also conducted a variety of studies for attorneys representing our clients. Some have suggested that our credibility as Expert Witnesses is enhanced because such testimony is not our primary business activity. We are widely recognized for our ability to present results of complex, in-depth analysis, clearly and succinctly, in ways that are easily understood by a variety of audiences.