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FUTURES FILE: What is deflation?

During wild price swings many recall, understand and fear inflation as an insidious threat to our buying power as the paper dollars in our wallets buy less and less as prices go up. But what happens if prices go down?

October 17, 2014 2:06 pm

FUTURES FILE: Wild swings in stock futures

One of the longest winning streaks in U.S. equities may have come to an end this week or, at least, caused bullish investors to lose some sleep.

October 10, 2014 12:42 pm

INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: McRobbie: College Degree Worth It

As he prepares for his annual State of the University address, Indiana University President Michael McRobbie says college affordability is a "major focus." The cost of higher education is prompting some to question the value of a degree, give…

October 03, 2014 2:10 pm

FUTURES FILE: Big crops get bigger

Corn prices dove to a five-year low this week, driven lower by heavy supplies of the grain. On Tuesday, the USDA released its quarterly grain stockpile report, showing a whopping 1.236 billion bushels of corn leftover from last year.

October 03, 2014 1:59 pm

What's up? Milk, beef, chocolate

During this prolonged period of abundance of commodities, prices for grains, metals, crude oil, natural gas and cotton have pounded into the ground, cheapening costs for consumers, but leaving little or no profit potential for farmers and oth…

September 26, 2014 5:23 pm

FUTURES FILE: Cocoa heats up on Ebola threat

Although most commodities markets fell this week, cocoa rallied sharply on fears that the Ebola epidemic could hamper production in West Africa.

September 19, 2014 12:40 pm

FUTURES FILE: Scotland sends British pound reeling

The British currency, the pound sterling, has collapsed in recent weeks ahead of a vote that could separate Scotland from the rest of the United Kingdom. Scotland has been joined with England for more than 300 years, but recently there have b…

September 12, 2014 1:50 pm

FUTURES FILE: Grains in the drain

Corn, wheat and soybean prices all fell to the lowest level in years this week, driven by expectations for a bountiful global harvest.

September 05, 2014 12:35 pm

Russia sows discord in wheat market

This week, tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated again, as Russian troops and tanks reportedly invaded Ukraine. While US military involvement still seems unlikely, analysts believe the situation is shifting toward a full-blown war, wh…

August 29, 2014 10:19 am

FUTURES FILE: Housing hoists lumber prices

A slew of shockingly good housing data shook U.S. markets this week, especially lumber. Reports showed that construction of new homes is rising from the post-recession doldrums and that sales of existing homes increased for the fourth straight month.

August 22, 2014 1:37 pm

FUTURES FILE: Corn climbs, finally!

After being hammered lower for nearly six months, corn prices finally staged a modest recovery this week, providing a much needed opportunity for farmers to sell some of this year’s huge crop.

August 15, 2014 1:10 pm

O.J. prices squeezed lower

The cost of a balanced breakfast continues to get cheaper as orange juice prices plummet. U.S. demand for orange juice has fallen to the lowest level in more than a decade as consumers snub O.J. for other beverages, dropping prices near the l…

August 08, 2014 5:30 pm

FUTURES FILE: Hogs grind lower

A hog virus ravaged the pork industry over the last year, killing off piglets and driving prices to record highs. But the virus is largely under control and farmers have begun vamping up pork production again.

August 01, 2014 11:55 am

FUTURES FILE: Cattle stampede higher

Cattle futures shot into all-time highs again this week, reaching $1.58 per pound Thursday. Prices continue to rise because of a shortage of animals stemming from the multiyear drought in the Great Plains that destroyed herds and their food sources.

July 25, 2014 9:57 am

FUTURES FILE: Downed jet fuels commodities rise

Midday Thursday, a Malaysia Airlines flight crashed in Eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people aboard. Initial fears that the plane had been shot down were supported by intelligence agencies, sparking concerns that the crash could signal a de…

July 18, 2014 11:48 am

FUTURES FILE: Cattle market slaughtered

After making an all-time high early Monday morning, cattle prices reversed sharply lower as cattlemen began bringing cattle to the market to capture record high prices.

July 11, 2014 3:01 pm

U.S. crude flows abroad

News the Obama administration is paving the way for an increase in oil exports for the first time in nearly 40 years provides more evidence of high production and ample supplies in North America.

June 27, 2014 12:18 pm

FUTURES FILE: Gold gets boost from Fed

Gold charged to a two-month high this week, fueled by help from the Federal Reserve.

June 20, 2014 12:41 pm

FUTURES FILE: Crude boils higher

Crude oil prices exploded higher this week as the military conflict escalated in Iraq. Sunni militants have reportedly captured multiple major Iraqi cities and now threaten to take Baghdad, the capital.

June 13, 2014 12:07 pm

FUTURES FILE: Euro goes negative

Early Thursday morning, the European Central Bank announced it was making an unprecedented move: lowering interest rates below zero.

June 06, 2014 11:13 am

FUTURES FILE: Grains get crushed

Corn and wheat prices have been plummeting recently, an unwelcome sign for Midwestern farmers who have been busy planting corn and are preparing to harvest their winter wheat.

May 30, 2014 12:18 pm

FUTURES FILE: Crude awakening for markets

Crude oil prices gained sharply this week, hitting a one-month high after U.S. Energy Information Administration statistics showed a quick drawdown in supplies.

May 23, 2014 11:57 am
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