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Agricultural Finance: From Crops to Land, Water and Infrastructure

Leading industry expert in commodity derivatives is author of first book to deal comprehensively with the subject of Agricultural Finance

Friday, January 16, 2015 8:08 am EST
"This is the only real treatment of the subject of Agricultural Commodities, and a most excellent and complete one. Own two copies of the book, in case you misplace one!"

Agricultural Finance, by Hélyette Geman, is the only book which comprehensively deals with worldwide agriculture markets, spikes in agricultural commodity prices, trading strategies (CTAs and others), the agribusiness industry, the challenges of feeding the planet as well as the fascinating subjects of land, water, fertilizers, biofuels and ethanol. Given their importance to human life, cycles in agricultural commodity prices are very different from the likes of copper or crude oil.

Historically, agricultural finance has been one of the least studied, most misunderstood and yet chronically under-represented topics in finance literature. Now, with the intense growth of Mutual Funds in the 1990s and ETFs in the 2000s, investment options for exposure to the international agriculture sector continue to multiply with stable and long-term performance.

In Agricultural Finance, revered expert Hélyette Geman comprehensively analyses the financial aspect of farming management, agribusiness, supply and demand at the world level in the context of a growing world population and a massive arrival of new players in agricultural markets and land acquisition.

“This is the only real treatment of the subject of Agricultural Commodities, and a most excellent
and complete one. Own two copies of the book, in case you misplace one!”

Nassim Taleb, former trader and Author of The Black Swan

Hélyette Geman is Director of the Commodity Finance Centre at the University of London and Johns Hopkins University. Professor Geman has been a scientific advisor to major financial institutions, energy, mining and commodity companies for the last 21 years, covering the spectrum of interest rates, electricity, crude oil and natural gas, metals and agriculturals, including fertilizers and land. Prof Geman was Head of Research at Caisse des Depots in Paris for four years and has published more than 125 papers in top international finance Journals including the Journal of Finance, Mathematical Finance, Energy Economics and Geneva Papers on Insurance.

Her books include ‘Insurance and Weather Derivatives’ published in 1999 by RISK books, ‘Commodities and Commodity Derivatives: Energy, Metals and Agriculturals’ published by Wiley Finance in 2005, which has become the reference in the field; ‘Risk Management in Commodity Markets: from Shipping to Agriculturals and Energy’, also published by Wiley Finance in 2008.

In 2010 Prof Geman became a Scientific Advisor to the European Union on the subject of Agricultural Commodities.

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