COMMERCIAL HEDGING SERVICES
Dedicated to helping clients actively manage risk & operate from positions of strength.
Success in today’s global grain market takes a unique balance of production, marketing and risk management. Walsh Commercial Hedging Services is dedicated to partnering with our clients to actively manage this risk.
We have been fortunate to service some of the largest companies in the world, in their respective fields. If you are a producer, end user, cooperative, miller, feeder, or financial institution, we have the team to assist you in your market-related endeavors.
At Walsh Commercial Hedging Services, we consider it our mission to assist our commercial customers with the important decisions that affect their business. Utilizing our program, we help our clients overcome the emotional side of risk management decisions and stay focused and disciplined to improve their bottom line.
It is our belief that partnering with farmers to improve their marketing skills and make successful market decisions is crucial to help the producer and their operation thrive regardless of market conditions.
Our Ag Marketing Plan
Our program consists of you working one-on-one with a member of our agriculture management team to address the risks associated with your individual operation and develop a plan.
We don’t speculate on prices. We work with what we know to manage risk and keep you informed, helping you become a better marketer.
We attempt to provide option strategies that enable you to operate from a position of strength and sell cash grain to take advantage of rallies in the cash market.
Foundations of our Risk Management Program
- Know the customer.
- Communication is paramount in any relationship.
- Manage the inherent risk while attempting to maximize marketing opportunities.
- Limit margin calls by purchasing options and option spreads.
- Trade off acceptable risk/reward ratios and parameters.
- No speculating.
Grain and Oilseed
Information is key for good risk management. Our veteran team of brokers provides commentary and insights on both market fundamentals and technicals. Written commentary currently includes:
- daily crude oil commentary
- daily livestock commentary
- weekly grain commentary
- weekly gold commentary
- special reports
We are proud to offer these easily-digestible reports. Through our email subscription, you can receive the latest reports of interest to you. Sign up to get our email updates by clicking the button below.
Walsh Trading offers a variety of free weekly webinars to keep our clients informed and up to date. On Thursdays at 3PM CST we host our Grain & Livestock Outlook webinar with Sean Lusk and Ben DiCostanzo.
Grain & Livestock Outlook on Thursday, September 1st at 3PM CST
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Sean Lusk is a registered commodity broker and Vice President of the Commercial Hedging Division of Walsh Trading in Chicago. Sean began in the business as a runner on the trading floor during summer breaks from college in 1993. Upon his graduation from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1996, Sean began his career on the trading floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME). Overseeing billions of dollars of transactions working as a clerk in the Eurodollar pit, Sean took the next step and became a floor broker and member of the CME in 2003. He handled customer orders for banks and investment houses from all over the world from inside the Libor pit at the CME.
Now, at Walsh Trading, Sean utilizes his experience in the marketplace and his professional client service skills to aid and assist customers in their trading endeavors.
Sean writes daily and weekly commentaries focusing the Agricultural Markets along with related market activity. He has been quoted in various media outlets discussing futures markets. These include, Futures Magazine, Reuters, Forbes, Kitco, Nikkei Press and CCTV.com.
Phone: 312-957-8103 or 888-391-7894
- Ben DiCostanzo, Senior Technical Analyst
- Mike Lisanti, Account Executive
- Peter Ori, Options Specialist
Ben DiCostanzo, Senior Technical Analyst
Ben is a graduate of Pace University with a degree in Accounting. In 1984, he became a member of The Index and Options Markets of the CME. He is Series 3 Licensed. Ben has been involved in many areas of the Securities industry, from working as a runner on the NYSE to taking care of professional traders and institutional clients for Salomon Brothers on the CME. He traded equities as a local before moving on and working with individual clients.
Ben understands that every client’s need are different and he prides himself in tailoring his service to each client’s unique circumstances and needs. Individual client experience, risk tolerance, and capital all play a role in how he approaches the markets. He is very involved in all markets using technical analysis to find opportunities. Ben’s approach is driven by principles of capital preservation. His trading philosophy is that if you can recognize and manage risk, you have a better chance to be successful in trading. Ben advises all his clients to always use stops as money management – in his opinion, it is the most important ingredient in trading commodities.
Mike Lisanti, Account Executive
Mike graduated from Loyola University in Chicago, earning both his BA and JD degrees. He successfully practiced law for 15 years as a Chicago native dealing with a variety of clients. Mike has taken his education and experience and has joined Walsh Trading to assist Ag based customers with their needs in the market. His focus is client centric, and he considers communication and the relationship primary to success. Mike will assist through an understanding of supply and demand fundamentals along with technical analysis. He looks forward to working with his customers in any of their market needs.