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The Informa Economics Trader service is a system set up to benefit small to medium sized hedge funds, proprietary traders, brokers and others who are most interested in market trends and developments over the next 30-45 days.  The primary components of the service consist of fundamental market commentary and technical analysis in audio, text and graphic formats updated daily.  Periodic updates during the day will help you catch newly developing trends.


Cutting Edge Analysis of Market Fundamentals by the Informa Economics Trader team provides daily analysis of the market's economic fundamentals.  Start the day with their morning audio recapping recent developments, overnight action and what to look for in the coming days of trading.  The audios are followed by detailed afternoon market commentaries that are liberally supported by statistical tables and graphics that bring the market dynamics to life.  Easy to understand technical analysis is blended with the fundamental analysis to yield a solid actionable trading base.  The analysis covers:

  • Grains (Wheat and Corn)
  • Soybeans
  • Cotton
  • Crude Oil
  • Livestock
  • Sugar
  • Weekly reports on petroleum, ethanol and natural gas

Mickey J. Luth, Director, Commodity Price Analysis, Informa Economics   Mr. Luth is a member of Informa Economics' Crops Group, contributing to the company's grains and oilseeds research and analysis.  Prior to coming to Informa, Mr. Luth spent 10 years as the director of research for LaiFa Group, an introducing broker located in Lisle, Ill., where his work focused on grains and oilseeds research, as well as development of one of the leading producer hedge programs, as highlighted in Top Producer magazine.  Prior to this work, Mr. Luth spent four years as a grains analyst for Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith, and six years as an analyst covering corn, wheat and the soy complex at Shearson-Lehman Brothers, both located in Chicago, Ill.  He also has traveled to Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay.  Mr. Luth received his bachelor's degree at the University of Wisconsin, and his master's degree at the University of Illinois, both in agricultural economics, with his master's specializing in futures marketing and price analysis.

Richard A. Shields, Agro-Meteorologist, Informa Economics   Mr. Shields has a varied background in the field of meteorology, including work experience for the South Dakota Department of Natural Resources, The National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Oklahoma, and as the editor and manager of the Global Weather Wire for Commodity News Service in Kansas City.  His educational background includes the Air Force Weather Forecast School, a bachelor's degree in agricultural ecology and mathematics from Northwestern State University, Alva, Oklahoma, and course work completed at the Department of Meteorology, University of Oklahoma, Norman.


Informa Economics is well known for its rigorous and thoughtful insight, analysis and expectations on the important issues and hot topics faced by today’s busy executives.

Continuing that tradition of providing our clients with value-added content, Informa Economics has designed a web-based service that will provide you with an information and resource advantage to keep you one step ahead -- the Informa Economics Trader.

Informa Economics is the world leader in commodity market analysis and commodity related business consulting.  Founded in 1977 as Sparks Companies, Inc, the company is now a part of publicly owned Informa plc, a global business information group.  Hundreds of firms and institutions worldwide now benefit from the services provided by Informa Economics from its offices in the U.S., the United Kingdom, Belgium and Brazil.

Market Analysis

Informa Economics offers a comprehensive package of well-respected, timely and highly detailed commodity market information.  In addition to monitoring and analyzing ongoing policy issues, Informa Economics constructs estimates and forecasts of U.S. and world acreage and crop production, weather, crop and livestock/meat supply and demand fundamentals and prices, as well as assessing transportation and storage factors, energy and biofuel markets, and long-term agribusiness trends.  The emphasis in all of the company’s commodity analysis work is to help the client understand the forces driving the markets relevant to the client’s business, and to skillfully develop and implement appropriate management programs in response to those market forces.

Business Consulting

The Informa Economics Consulting Group provides management and economic consulting services to organizations in the agriculture, renewable fuels, food processing, food service and fiber sectors.  Clients include corporations, cooperatives, trade associations and government agencies.  Informa Economics advises clients on a broad range of economic, marketing, financial, strategic planning and regulatory issues.

Additionally, Informa Economics provides expert testimony for legal cases and government hearings.

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