Granularity of Data – Ken Smithmier

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Granularity of Data - Ken Smithmier


Ken Smithmier

Director of Research, Agricultural Markets at ClipperData 

Record Date:  2/15/19


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  1. College Student to Futures Markets
  2. Trading Grain & Oil Seed Option Spreads
  3. Current State of Grain Markets
  4. Trade Deal Impact on Commodity Prices
  5. Global AG Markets
  6. Key Risk & Areas in Wheat, Corn & Beans 

Rapid Fire:

Q. What Trader has influenced your life the most and why?
A. David Hightower

Q. What was one of the hardest things for you to overcome in Trading?
A. Over trading when up money.  

Q. How has your trading process evolved over the years?
A. Started intraday/swing – Longer term view now.

Q. What is one attribute that you believe every trader should have?
A. Risk aversion.   

Q. Favorite Book About Trading?
A. When Genius Failed. 

Q. Favorite Movie or TV Show About Trading?
A. Smartest guys in the room. 

Q. What’s the best advice you’ve received about Trading?
A. Stay in the game!

Q. If you can give a piece of advice to the younger you, what would it be?
A.  Later start date. 

Q. If you had to elevator pitch me your edge in agricultural market research, what would it be?
A. Granularity of data. 

Q. Favorite thing to do when not working?
A. Hike, climb, kayak, ski

Ken Smithmier’s Resources:

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