July 13, 2015
“Ag-Mondays” with Chris Manns in-studio and special guest Dirk Rice, the Illinois Corn Marketing Board director for District 6, as they discuss how the wet Spring and Summer in the Midwest is negatively affecting crops. John Neal of PTI Securities & Futures talks Arizona politics, investing and more. Finally, David Andalman of DACS Research breaks down the latest Greek bailout and how the new agreement looks to move the markets.
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Christopher Manns manages PTI Securities & Futures’ global commodities area and is a research analyst. He devotes much of his time to monitoring and analyzing the latest international commodities reports and financial research. This allows him to keep the firm’s management well informed so that they can, in turn, apprise their clients on pertinent information. Christopher has more than 18 years of securities and financial services experience. Prior to joining PTI Securities, he was a floor broker for AE Staley at the Chicago Board of Trade, and worked for the grain division of Rodman & Renshaw. He has authored many commodities articles and training materials, and speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese. Christopher earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Christopher lives with his wife in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. Read more.
Dirk Rice is the ICMB director for District 6. He lives with his wife Lynn at Philo in Champaign County on the farm his great great grandfather settled in 1883. They have three children, Amanda who works as a high school guidance counselor, Matthew is majoring in Ag Business at Southern Illinois University and Ashley is majoring in Ag Communications at Illinois State University.
Dirk began farming in 1985 after graduating from the University of Illinois. His Ag Econ degree got put to the test immediately and his second corn crop was sold for under $2.00. This provided an early lesson in the importance of not only producing a good crop but having enough buyers to keep the price high enough to make a profit.
The Rice family started working with no-till and minimum tillage in 1986 and have made soil conservation a priority for generations. Dirk planted his first cover crop in the fall of 2012 and is continuing to work to find ways to make it fit his operation. He is especially interested in using cover crops to make better use of the fertilizer he applies as well as the existing fertility in the land he farms.
John Neal directs PTI Securities’ Glendale, Arizona office serving the firm’s clients in the Phoenix metro area and across the Western U.S. He oversees day-to-day operations, including client services, investor education, staff management and marketing. John has more than 12 years of management experience in the securities and financial services industry. He joined PTI Securities in 2003 in this role. Prior to that time, he was a branch manager with Phoenix area firms, Granite Capital Management and, most recently, Independent Financial Management. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, John earned a bachelor’s degree in international management from Arizona State University in Tempe. Away from work, John enjoys reading, live music and outdoor activities. He also volunteers with the St. Vincent De Paul Society and the Lupus Foundation of America. Married with two children, John and his family live in Peoria, Arizona.
Technical Analyst, DACS Research, PTI Securities & Futures
David Andalman joins the Stocks & Jocks show every Monday and Wednesday morning. He was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and earned his bachelor's degree in Engineering from the University of Illinois, and then his MBA in Finance and Marketing from Indiana University. David traded for a year at the MidAmerica Commodity Exchange before starting the DACS Research Newsletters on commodity futures, which were the first all-technical research newsletters at the CME. Currently, he has been a senior wealth manager and portfolio strategist for over 23 years. He holds registrations in Series 3, 4 (Options Principal), 7, 55, 63 and is a registered Commodity Trading Advisor. Read more.
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