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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Economic updates this week focus mostly on housing and manufacturing but the final update on the third quarter US economy and Personal Consumption Expenditures data will also be of note.
US financial market & news review: Equity records, tax reform, Evans' dissent & busy data week ahead
Financial markets: US equity markets ended higher with all three major indices notching record closes for the day but also weekly gains.
Capping the price of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) at 10 cents each is being proposed by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) as a way of helping some refiners cope with what they say are costs for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) that threaten their survival.
While much attention is focused on commodity and nutrition programs in developing a new farm bill, the House Ag Committee appears poised to pursue some significant changes to the venerable Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).
Following are key topics, developments and market actions traders are focusing on ahead of the US trading day, including several sales announced by USDA of US ag commodities to foreign buyers.
Final details of the conference report on tax reform are expected today but there is still uncertainty over the plan. Trade continues as a backdrop in Washington as technical talks have gone on this week in Washington.