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Agricultural Futures Markets



  • Paul E. Peterson
  • Jin Wook Choi


Agricultural futures markets were the backbone of early futures trading and continue to play a vital role in today's global economy. For more than a century following the founding of the Chicago Board of Trade in 1848, the United States dominated the world's futures markets with agricultural commodities such as wheat, corn, oats, and soybeans. Today, the global agricultural futures markets include not only grains but also livestock such as cattle and hogs; dairy products such as milk, butter, and cheese; “soft” or tropical commodities such as cotton, coffee, sugar, and orange juice; and industrial products such as soybean oil, soybean meal, and lumber.

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  • Paul E. Peterson & Jin Wook Choi, 2015. "Agricultural Futures Markets," World Scientific Book Chapters, in: Anastasios G Malliaris & William T Ziemba (ed.), THE WORLD SCIENTIFIC HANDBOOK OF FUTURES MARKETS, chapter 9, pages 289-323, World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd..
  • Handle: RePEc:wsi:wschap:9789814566926_0009

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