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Andy Daniels

Andy DanielsAndy lives and breathes these markets and has for decades. He trades them every day with his own money. He knows Ags and the Ag markets. If one wants to prosper, or perhaps even survive, the 21st century trader and farmer needs to evolve to be better at everything they’ve done before along with having a few tricks up their sleeve to stay ahead. Andy’s decades of experience in these ever changing markets can give you the edge to evolve and stay ahead. Grain Analyst (@GrainsGuru) is the delivery method in which he will share his thoughts with you.

Well-known on the trading floors of grain exchanges around the world, Andy Daniels has accomplished much in a relatively short period of time. Growing up in St Louis where his father ran the Ag division of Monsanto through the mid 70’s, Andy was exposed to the Ag world from an early age. These surroundings helped him begin his professional career as a commercial grain merchandiser buying and selling grain on behalf of ContiGroup Companies (formerly Continental Grain). It was in this role that Andy began establishing an extensive network of floor traders, brokers and exchange professionals. In the mid-1980’s, Andy decided to take his knowledge and connections and turn them to a career in the futures markets.

Upon getting involved in futures, Andy took a liking to the commercial grain hedging style that he employed with his clients. From 1986 to 1994, he grew his reputation as a commodity broker and grain trader. In 1995, he decided to build his own brokerage firm. Daniels Trading is the result of this decision. Andy oversees the daily operations of the firm while maintaining his own trading. He also continues to advise several selected, long-established customers.

Among his outside interests, Andy is an avid fly fisherman, hunter and golfer. He is involved in a variety of charitable causes, including leukemia research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Outward Bound wilderness-based active learning expeditions.

Contributing Editors

Craig Turner

Craig TurnerAt Grain Analyst, Craig Turner provides a deep understanding of the grain markets and futures spread trading. He is an editor for Andy’s Insider Perspective, the @GrainsGuru twitter feed, and Andy’s Trades.

Working for Andy Daniels since coming from Goldman Sachs in 2007, Craig has been a Senior Broker for Daniels Trading and a Senior Ag Market Consultant for Daniels Ag Services. As the author of his free weekly Turner’s Take newsletter, Craig focuses on futures spread trading, primarily in the grain markets, but also the livestock and energy futures spread markets.

“I first met Andy during a visit to Memphis in 2007. We had a few drinks at the bar, talked ag markets, and hit it off from the get-go. It didn’t take me long to leave Goldman and NYC and move out to Chicago and work at Daniels Trading. Looking back it is one of the best decisions I have made professionally. In my opinion, Andy’s Ag connections are second to none in the brokerage business and his insight to the Grain Markets is nothing short of exemplary. He has also proven to be a great advisor and friend, time and time again.”

Read Craig’s articles on Grains & Futures Spread Trading here:

  1. Basics of Futures Spread Trading
  2. The Wonderful World Of Futures Spread Trading
  3. Seasonal Futures Spread Trading
  4. Commodity Futures Trading: All Trades are Spread Trades
  5. Hedging Systemic Risk
  6. Reducing Portfolio Exposure to the US Dollar
  7. Futures Trader’s Guide to the WASDE

Drew Wilkins

Drew WilkinsDrew Wilkins grew up in Arkansas and has been familiar with agriculture his whole life. His passion for row crop agriculture came when he began pursuing a degree in Agricultural Business from the University of Arkansas. During his time at the U of A, he enrolled in a futures and options class. His passion for the markets started to develop and he eventually took part in a Spring Broker Training Internship with one of the largest clearing firms in the world. The internship was all he needed to realize that he belonged in the commodity markets. Drew moved to Chicago shortly after graduating and became a broker with Daniels Trading and Daniels Ag Services. His knowledge of the grain markets continued to grow due to the firm’s extensive background in the grain markets. Drew wrote his own newsletter, The Wilkins Ag Wire, which merged with Grain Analyst to become the Daily Grain Report. When not writing about the grain markets or working with clients, Drew enjoys golfing and cheering for the Razorbacks.

John Payne

John PayneAlong with being a contributor to Grain Analyst, John Payne is a Senior Broker at Daniels Trading, an Ag Market Consultant for Daniels Ag Services, and the author of This Week in Grain (T.W.I.G.). John is also a frequent contributor to Barron’s and Dow Jones Newswires, ABC Radio in Australia and KRVN All Ag radio out of Nebraska.

John graduated from the University of Iowa in 2003 with a degree in economics. After graduation John embarked on a 4 year career in the US Navy as a swift boat navigator. It was during 2 tours in Iraq and the Persian Gulf escorting oil tankers through the Straits of Hormuz that he realized how valuable commodities are to the survival of society as we know it. Having spent the majority of his time around oil and grain tankers in hostile territories, his curiosity of the actual product and price movements got the best of him. He spurned a military career and was honorably discharged in 2007. John started in the industry working for a Commodity Trading Advisor and IB as a Series 3 registered broker. It was there he honed his skills in the Grain and Meat markets.

After 3 years he was given the opportunity to join Daniels Trading. Being in the business and seeing how other IB’s operated, it was the integrity and straight forward approach of the Daniels management team and brokers that attracted him to make the move. Since joining Daniels, John has broadened his fundamental and technical analysis of the markets even further.

Working in high pressure industries like the military and capital markets, John has learned the value of preparation in times of stress. He believes in instilling in his clients with the value of a good plan and a cool head for dealing with the day to day swings of commodity markets.

John is a proud supporter of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Illinois Corn Growers Association.

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