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Hedging Topics for Ag Lenders

Hedging Topics for Ag Lenders

Who Should Participate

Presidents, vice presidents, CEOs, beginner/advanced ag lenders, anyone interested in agriculture and/or ag lending.

Make your attendance count towards your continuing professional education credits! MBA will provide a certificate of attendance that you may submit to the appropriate advisory board.

Program Overview  
8:30 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
8:45 a.m. Introduction to the Futures Market and Price Risk Management: Understanding the role of the futures market as a price discovery tool and providing a means to transfer risk between parties. Review contracting alternatives between the cash market and the futures market, and understanding the definition of basis and how it fluctuates.
10:15 a.m. Break.
10:30 a.m.
Projecting Margin Requirements: Review of the performance bond requirements for both futures and options positions as well as stress-testing to determine potential maintenance margin requirements.
11:15 a.m. Understanding Account Statements: Review of statements provided by a brokerage firm to decipher cash and equity position, liquidating value, margin requirement, and open trade equity of futures and options positions.
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m.
Introduction to Options and Option Pricing: Types of options, definitions, contract specifications and terminology; components of option premium, basic review of delta and volatility.
2:15 p.m.
2:30 p.m. Core Strategies: Review of basic futures and options positions typically used by crop and livestock producers to protect the risk of both higher and lower prices.
3:30 p.m.
Group Exercise: Using futures and/or a basic option strategy, teams will manage a historical forward profit margin by initiating coverage and managing those positions over the course of the simulation period.
5:00 p.m. Adjourn


Chip Whalen is vice president of the education and research team at Commodity & Ingredient Hedging (CIH), Chip leads the group responsible for developing and teaching seminars on commodity risk management; conducting and disseminating commodity market research; and producing the firm’s educational publications for agriculture producers and their lenders. In addition, he is a frequent contributing author on the topic of Commodity risk management for a variety of agriculture publications. Chip has been with CIH since its inception in 1999. He holds a B.B.A. in finance from Loyola University and a Series 3 (National Commodities Futures Examination) License.

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Registration Fee

Member: $295.00
Each additional person from same bank $255.00 
Qualified Non-Member $590.00

Note:  You will be given the option to pay by credit card or to invoice your company during the checkout process.

Dates & Times

Module 1 - September 15, 2020
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Module 2 - September 22, 2020
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM


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Cancellation Policy

The MBA reserves the right to cancel programs due to insufficient enrollment, instructor illness, or other reasons. Participants wishing to cancel must inform the MBA in writing prior to the event. Send cancellation notices to A cancellation fee of 25% of the program cost will be charged for withdrawing, or you may send a substitute. The full program fee will be charged for withdrawing after the event has taken place or a no-show.

9/15/2020 8:30 AM - 9/22/2020 12:00 PM
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