For grain origination customers, the company designs and executes hedging programs that utilize the markets to retain and enhance customers’ margins on the local level. These hedging programs are built on proven commodity risk management principles, and are not speculatively oriented. Strategies are designed to consistently take advantage of basis opportunities as it relates to the physical cash market. The Commercial Grain Group’s focus, year-round, is the cash market. Futures and options activities are used as tools to assist in the marketing of grain by providing opportunities to retain margins and manage risk.
The FCM Division of INTL FCStone Financial Inc. is one of the largest U.S.- based commercial brokerage firms, working with more than 900 commercial grain companies. Backed by a full complement of market intelligence, analytical and administrative staff, an experienced FCStone consultant oversees all activities in each customer’s program, providing full access to our expertise in transportation, financial instruments, cash grain merchandising, energy hedging, or specialty crop production and marketing. Contact an FCStone Consultant for more information.