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Equities Excel in November

About the Presenter Bluford “Blu” Putnam has served as Managing Director and Chief Economist of CME Group since May 2011. With more than 35 years of experience in the financial services industry and concentrations in central banking, investment research, and portfolio management, Blu serves as CME Group’s spokesperson on global economic conditions. View more reports…

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Can Supply Keep Pace With Any Demand Spike in 2021?

About the Presenter Erik Norland is Executive Director and Senior Economist of CME Group. He is responsible for generating economic analysis on global financial markets by identifying emerging trends, evaluating economic factors and forecasting their impact on CME Group and the company’s business strategy, and upon those who trade in its various markets. He is…

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USDA Launches AskUSDA, Improves and Streamlines Customer Experience

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(Washington, D.C., November 18, 2020) – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the official launch of the AskUSDA Contact Center program. The AskUSDA Contact Center will serve as the “one front door” for phone, chat, and web inquires, transforming how the public interacts with USDA and providing an enhanced experience for the public.…

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A Vaccine's Six Points of Economic Impact

About the Presenter Bluford “Blu” Putnam has served as Managing Director and Chief Economist of CME Group since May 2011. With more than 35 years of experience in the financial services industry and concentrations in central banking, investment research, and portfolio management, Blu serves as CME Group’s spokesperson on global economic conditions. View more reports…

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Oil: Supply-Demand Dynamics as Vaccines Emerge

There are expectations for the vaccines to be used in a very limited way as soon as possible, but they are not expected to be widely available for several months. Meanwhile, both the US and Europe continue to experience an increase in COVID-19 infections.  In the US and Europe, economies are still far from operating…

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What a Vaccine Could Mean for 2021

2. Online shopping. The trend away from brick and mortar stores was entrenched before the pandemic, but online shopping and home delivery received a major boost from the pandemic. This trend has accelerated in a powerful and permanent manner. There will be a place for some physical storefronts, partly as showrooms for online shopping, yet…

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Options: More Caution in Nasdaq Than Other Markets

The decline in implied volatility wasn’t limited to the equity market. Implied volatility dropped sharply on U.S. Treasuries as well (Figure 2). It appears that investors have breathed a sigh of relief post-election and in response to vaccine news. With respect to current options market pricing, a few things stand out: Despite the recent decline…

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USDA Forest Service Announces Key Changes to NEPA Procedures

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2020 – The USDA Forest Service today announced the publication of a final rule implementing key changes to its National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations. The changes include new tools and flexibilities to tackle critical land management challenges as part of a broader agency effort to better serve the American people through…

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USDA Opens Registration for the 2021 Agricultural Outlook Forum

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(Washington, D.C., November 18, 2020) – Registration is now open for the 97th annual Agricultural Outlook Forum (AOF), the largest annual meeting and premiere event of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The two-day Forum will take place on Feb. 18-19, 2021. Due to COVID-19 and current restrictions on large gatherings in the Washington, D.C.…

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