Roger Bernard analyzes policy developments on agriculture, trade, energy, transportation, taxes and US economic and monetary policy for IEG Policy, and more widely for IEG Informa Economics.
As a Policy Analyst, he provides clients and subscribers with accurate, concise and timely analysis of events and policies to help them make market and business decisions.
Before he joined Informa in 2011, Roger worked for Farm Journal / Pro Farmer for more than 24 years. There he covered US agriculture, trade and Washington policy, spending more than 10 years working in Washington DC.
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Financial markets: US equity markets finished mostly lower even as the tech-heavy Nasdaq managed to post another record finish ahead of Thursday's holiday.
Requests to change the point of obligation away from refiners to show compliance with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) have been rejected by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Increasing the range on the Fed funds rate "in the near term" seemed it would be appropriate if economic data continues to unfold as expected, but worries about the persistence of inflation to be stubbornly not moving rapidly toward the Fed's goal remains an underlying concern, according to minutes of the October 31-November 1 Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) minutes.
US food prices in 2017 are now expected to increase 0.5 percent to 1.5 percent, down from a prior forecast for a 1 percent to 2 percent increase compared to 2016 levels, according to the Food Price Outlook from USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS).
Following are key topics, developments and market actions traders are focusing on ahead of the US trading day:
Round five of NAFTA 2.0 talks is in the books with a harsh statement from the US despite indications of at least some progress. USDA also is being urged to up their oversight of checkoff programs.