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.

Our Mission

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.

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Industries Serviced

  • Grain and Oilseed

  • Livestock

  • Dairy

  • Renewable Fuels

  • Softs

  • Textiles

  • Energy

  • Metals

  • Forest

  • Shipping

  • Currency

  • Equities

  • Fixed Income

Market Insights

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.

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. These include our Grain Outlook webinar with Sean Lusk on Thursdays at 3PM CST and our Livestock Outlook webinar with Ben DiConstanzo on Fridays at 2:30PM CST. Additionally, we host two bi-weekly technical analysis webinars on alternating Wednesdays at 3PM CST. These include Using Wave Analysis in Agricultural Markets with John Lunney and Insight into the "Olive Line" with Alan R. Palmer.

Upcoming Webinars

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For the convenience of our clients, all webinars are recorded.

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In addition to our written commentary, daily audio commentary is provided for the benefit of our clients.

Our Team

Executive Team

Sean LuskSean Lusk, Co-Director Walsh Commercial Hedging Services Division

Sean Lusk is a registered commodity broker and Co-Director 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 on Precious Metals and 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

Contact Sean

Phone: 312-957-8103 or 888-391-7894

Listen to Sean’s Daily Gold/Precious Metals Audio Commentary >
Register for Sean’s Grain & Livestock Outlook Webinar on Thursday, December 21st >
View a Recording of Sean’s latest Weekly Grain & Livestock Outlook Webinar >

John WeyerJohn Weyer, Co-Director Walsh Commercial Hedging Services Division

John Weyer started in 1992 as a runner for an independent brokerage group in the Eurodollar pit at the CME. As a clerk he helped handle thousands of contracts from institutional customers on a daily basis. John’s customer relationships and skill set helped enable him to become a CME member and execute customer orders as a floor broker. He later made the transition to a “local”, trading his own account in 3 Month Eurodollar futures.

John now uses the skills and experience acquired after 20 in the futures industry to help customers with their risk management at Walsh Trading as a Co-Director of the Commercial Hedging Division.

Contact John
Phone: 312-985-0934 or 888-391-7894

Listen to John’s Daily Corn and Wheat Audio Commentary >


Kofi Amoabin, Director of African Business

Kofi Amoabin graduated from the College of Engineering at Brown University in 1983 and worked as an engineer at Xerox, Polaroid, and AT&T Bell Laboratories. Additionally, Kofi holds a MS in Finance from Lewis University and a MA in Communications from DePaul University. Kofi’s solid mathematical background attracted him to market analysis and trading, especially for commodities exported from or imported into Africa, such as cocoa, coffee, sugar, cotton, and crude oil. In 1991, Kofi obtained his license as a futures broker.

Kofi has a deep knowledge of sub-Saharan Africa and its reliance on revenue from cash crops; he uses this knowledge to manage risk in futures for entities in Africa that want to trade on the worldwide commodities and futures markets.

Kofi’s primary responsibility at Walsh Trading is hedging or managing risk for commercial traders and subvented government agencies that trade cocoa, coffee, sugar, cotton, crude oil and export and import commodities. In addition to his work at Walsh Trading, Kofi teaches public courses on trading futures, options, and risk management for individuals and companies, consults in business development for US-based companies considering Africa markets, and recruits African students for Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. Kofi also serves as the Executive Director of US-Africa Trade Research Institute, a not-for-profit entity promoting trade between the US and Africa. In this role, Kofi has brought Ministers of Agriculture and other high-level government officials from Nigeria, Ghana, and Uganda to the United States to initiate multi-million trade deals.

Contact Kofi:
Phone: 312- 985.0308 or 630.923.1567

James BarrettJames Barrett, Senior Commodities Broker

James began his career in the late 1970’s working for Chicago Corporation on the Chicago Board of Options Exchange floor as a phone clerk. In the 1980’s he moved across the street to the Chicago Board of Trade leasing a seat membership to trade in the Bond pit as a scalp spreader. Later in the decade Jim moved to the grain pits day trading corn and soybeans during some very active and volatile markets. After leaving the trading floor he transitioned into a retail broker in 1995. Jim joined Lind-Waldock’s new broker assist division and built an extensive retail client book. After a series of mergers Lind morphed into Private Client Division at Refco, EDF Man, and then MF Global.

With a long stretch of experience as both a trader and a broker, he now enjoys working with accounts on managing risk, navigating uncertainty and especially focusing on opportunities for both speculators and hedgers. Jim believes strongly in the old adage, “price action rules the roost.” He follows computer assisted momentum studies, as well as fundamental inputs but his focus has always been and is price action, for that must be respected. Now at Walsh Trading, Jim will cover Note and Bond markets with comments on some old favorite markets including beans and gold on occasion.

Contact Jim
Phone: 312-985-0945 or 888-391-7894

Michael Bullion, Senior Technical Analyst

Mike began his career as a financial planner for the Tranel Financial Group where he specialized in asset allocation design and advanced strategies including employee stock option optimization. From there he moved on to institutional investment consulting with the Marco Consulting Group. In their discretionary management division, he continued his work on asset allocation and risk management as well as specializing in alternative investments, including managed futures. Mike earned a bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics from Spring Hill College and an MBA with a concentration in Analytic Finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. In 2017 he earned the right to use the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation.

Mike has extensive experience in trading many different security types for many different institutions, companies, and individual investors. He believes in strong risk management procedures and that there should be an understandable thesis behind every trade entry and the exit catalysts should be known before execution.

Contact Mike
Phone: 312-985-0156 or 888-391-7894

Ben DiCostanzoBen 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.

Contact Ben
Phone: 312-957-4163 or 800-556-9411

Listen to Ben’s Daily Livestock Audio Commentary >
Register for Ben’s Grain & Livestock Outlook Webinar on Thursday, December 21st at 3PM CST >
View a recording of Ben’s latest Grain & Livestock Outlook Webinar >

John Lunney, Senior Analyst

John Lunney began his trading career in 1989 as a clerk for IFO, the largest futures and futures options brokerage on the CME floor. Within one year, John was promoted to an executing floor broker responsible for handling large individual and institutional accounts. John’s knowledge of option theory and tactics quickly attracted a growing customer base. In 2000, John began exclusively trading futures and futures options for his own account. John later became a founding member of VI Capital, a proprietary trading company funded with personal and investor funds. At VI Capital, John was the director of risk management, technical analysis and strategy development. VI Capital realized multi digit returns over the course of 8 years of trading.

John has extensive trading experience in stock indexes, metals, commodities, energy and agriculture products. He believes that hard work reveals the best trading opportunities, and strong discipline creates consistent results. John possesses a unique ability to connect with customers, understand their goals, and work with them to create long and profitable relationships.

Contact John
Phone: 312-957-8108 or 888-391-7894

Listen to John’s Daily Technical Audio Commentary >>
On Wednesday, December 20th at 3PM CST, John will hold a FREE The Wave Principle – an Introduction to Elliott Wave Theory webinar. John will take a look at applying Wave analysis to the agricultural markets. REGISTER NOW. If you missed his last webinar on Tuesday, December 12th, you may VIEW A RECORDING.

Alan R. Palmer, Sr., Senior Technical Analyst

Alan R. Palmer, Sr., is a successful independent trader and technical analyst specializing in agricultural, financial and stock index futures. He has worked primarily in the markets traded on the CME Group.

Alan started trading at the Chicago Board of Trade in 1986 in the 30-year U.S. Treasury bond pit as a local. In 1987, he bought his full membership the day of the historic crash and moved back to his passion, trading soybeans, and grains along with bonds and stocks. Moving from pit to pit as market indicators dictated, Alan used his charting calculations to spot pivotal points as markets crossed ‘key levels.’ This acumen is Alan’s specialty and now he delivers this knowledge and experience to his customer base. He offers a macro thought process to viewing markets and players as they act with predictive behavior acumen.

He began his career in the futures industry as a summer runner while thirteen on the floor of the CBOT in 1973 delivering orders and learning the rudimentary workings of the markets. He graduated from runner to phone clerk, delivery clerk during the Hunt silver squeeze, working for various brokerage firms. After earning a Bachelor’s degree from DePaul University while working full time, he began a career as a proprietary trader with Paul Tudor Jones, a world-renown money manager, where he perfected his technical analytical techniques.

Alan has appeared on CNBC, Bloomberg, CNN, and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Bloomberg and Reuters newswires. He was the founder of, an independent research and charting web enterprise, based on time-tested, support and resistance calculations for predicting multi-market swings. Alan holds an undergraduate degree in Business Finance Administration from DePaul University in Chicago.

Contact Alan:
Phone: 312.957.8248 or 888.391.7894

Listen to Alan’s Daily Morning Commentary >
Listen to Alan’s Daily Afternoon Commentary >

On Wednesday, December 13th, Alan held an Insight Into the “Olive Line” Using Professional Support and Resistance Level webinar. Alan discussed his “Olive Line” technical analysis which he uses to spot pivotal points as markets cross ‘key levels.’ If you missed it, you may VIEW A RECORDING.

James Walters, Grain and Livestock Specialist

James Walters has been involved in the equity stocks and futures business for over 30 years. He graduated from DePaul University with a Bachelor of Science degree in commerce majoring in economics and finance. Jim also served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was trained as a cryptographer – a top secret code specialist. Jim entered the commodity futures industry in 1973 as an associated person handling customer accounts. He spent a great deal of time working with farmers and livestock feedlots, traveling to Oklahoma, Iowa, Nebraska, and the Dakotas. As a sales manager for a large commodity firm, Jim supervised 22 brokers and spent time researching various markets. He became a member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and learned the art of trading cattle, hogs, and currency futures. Jim was also a member of the Mid America Exchange where he traded all of the grain markets.

Throughout his career Jim has been with various investment companies which has provided him the opportunity to see many different types of trading programs and techniques. Jim has developed a day trading method that has been a successful model for him for many years.

Contact Jim
Phone: 312.948.9456 or 888.391.7894