Gone But Not for Cotton
February 29, 2016
John Neal of PTI Securities & Futures talks stocks. ‘Ag Mondays’ continues with Chris Manns in-studio and lean hog trader at the CME, Jim Burns. Their agricultural guest is Professor Darren Hudson, Director of the International Center for Agricultural Competitiveness at Texas Tech University and cotton expert. Finally, David Andalman of DACS Research joins the Chief and Jim to talk markets and the election.
Guests & Co-Hosts
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.
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.
- Director, Cotton Economics Research Institute
- Larry Combest Chair for Agricultural Competitiveness
- Ph.D., Agricultural and Applied Economics, Texas Tech University
Dr. Hudson’s research focuses on issues of technology adoption, consumer issues, risk, policy and globalization/international trade. As holder of the Combest Chair, he coordinates research and outreach activities related to agricultural competitiveness.
Dr. Hudson also serves as a Farm Foundation Fellow for Globalization and Trade where he has coordinated two international conferences on international trade policy and directed a large scale research project examining the future of animal agriculture in North America.
Mr. Burns is an agricultural commodities trader, specializing in Lean Hog trades on the CME Trading Floor.
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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