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 DiConstanzo.
For the convenience of our clients, all webinars are recorded.
In addition to our written commentary, video commentary is provided for the benefit of our clients.
Every day the Market Day report and Bloomberg Focus on Futures deliver "live" coverage of agri-business news, weather, and commodity market information from across the world. Scott contributes information on the complete agriculture spectrum with a focus on the option markets. View Scott's latest Market Day Report video >>
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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 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 CCTV.com.
Phone: 312-957-8103 or 888-391-7894
- Steve Bruce, Commercial Grain Analyst
- Ben DiCostanzo, Senior Technical Analyst
- Peter Ori, Options Specialist
- James Walter, Grain and Livestock Specialist
Steve Bruce comes from the cash grain side of the market working for General Mills at the Chicago Board of Trade in the summers in the 1970’s calling the country to buy wheat at cheap basis levels and with Illinois Grain learning the barge trade. He then spent the 80’s, 90’s and 00’s servicing commercial clients with Geldermann and Man Financial from the trading floor of the Chicago Board of Trade shared market perception via print and electronic media.
Steve takes a fundamental approach to market analysis. He completed his undergrad at Marquette and MBA at De Paul. Steve believes in the free market, Chicago School of monetary policy, and less government involvement and intervention in the grain markets. He is risk adverse but emphasizes spread trades for optimal hedging profitability.