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Who We Are

Ag Risk Consultants, LLC is a commodity risk management firm. We are one of the very few experienced Commodity Risk Management Specialists in the Market. We have a proven track record of forecasting commodity price movements before the fact. Our knowledge and understanding of the Futures and Options markets allows us to custom design hedges for farmers looking to lock in prices. Our objective is to facilitate the farmer's financial needs in planning for a profitable future.

About Us

Our Clients: Our clients consists of mainly farmers located in the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America. We also service other parts of the enterprise which make use of commodities in the production of goods. These would include energy, transportation, and manufacturing.

The Management Team: Our staff hold PhD's in Finance and have decades of experience in analysing and forecasting commodity prices and designing hedges using both futures and options contracts. Their research in forecasting has been published in the top tier of academic journals. We believe this provides us a competitive advantage when it comes to managing/hedging commodity price risks. Since 2006, we have never had a losing year when it comes to predicting the price direction of such commodities as Wheat, Oats, Corn, Soybeans, Sugar, and Lean Hogs.

How We Are Different: Ag Risk Consultants, LLC has arguably the best management team among risk management specialists. Our focus is on designing commodity price risk hedges using both futures and options contracts. Our hedges are designed to remove price risks and, in turn, reduce the stress of worrying what prices will be at the time of harvest.

Risk Management

Why Hedge

Farmers produce many different commodities including but not limited to Wheat, Soybeans, Oats, Corn, Lean Hogs, etc. Costs associated with producing these commodities will obviously impact profitability. Where some years are very profitable, other years the average farmer may operate at a loss. The fundamental question on minds of most farmers is what will the price be at the time harvest? As farmers are fully aware, predicting the future price of such commodities as Corn, Soybeans, and Wheat can be problematic. Our job as Ag Risk Consultants is to remove price risks/uncertainty associated with these commodities.

Commodities We Hedge

We have an expertise in hedging most commodities. We specifically focus in key areas of interest for the farmer which include Grains, Livestock, and Softs. We also consult the enterprise, especially with regard to Energy related hedges.

The Hedging Process

We design two types of hedges: 1) Fixed Hedge, and 2) Variable Hedge. This means that a farmer can essentially lock in a price and also participate in upside movements i.e. if the price of the commodity moves higher you will profit from that opportunity. This creates only a win/win situation for the farmer. Both the timing and design of a hedge is complex and this is where our services are both valuable and unique. For more about the hedging process and, especially, as to how it works please call 920-319-1444.

Call For An Appointment

Please call us so we can arrange a meeting to discuss your hedging needs. We will, in turn, travel to your farm (at no costs to you) and provide you with a detailed hedging quote personalized to your needs. We are confident you will find that hedging is really a simple process and designed to facilitate your planning needs via price stability. For an appointment call (920)-319-1444; international call 001 (920) 319-1444.

Management Team

Phil McKnight BSBA, MBA, CPFP, PhD. Managing Principal: 20 Years Experience. Specialization: Commodity analysis and forecasting, Derivatives hedging (both Futures and Options), Derivatives pricing and financial risk management, Quantititve finance, algorithm development (C++/EL), Asset valuation, Alternative investment strategies. Phil is a graduate of the University of Arkansas BSBA Accounting, Northeastern University MBA, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Post Graduate CPFP Personal Financial Planning (summa cum laude), and Bath University PhD Finance (United Kingdom).

Ghulam Sorwar BSc, MSc, PhD. Consultant: 20 Years Experience. Specialization: Commodity analysis and forecasting, Derivatives hedging (both Futures and Options), Derivatives pricing and financial risk management, Quantitative finance, algorithm development (C++), Alternative investment strategies. Professor Sorwar has a BSc in Physics University College London (United Kingdom), MSc City University London (United Kingdom), PhD Finance City University London (United Kindgom).

Tony Chieh-Tse Hou BCom, MBA, PhD. Consultant: 6 Years Experience. Specialization: Commodity analysis and forecasting, Derivatives hedging (both Futures and Options), Derivatives pricing and financial risk management, Quantitative finance, Security analysis and valuation, Portfolio management, Market and credit risk management.

Contact

Address: PO Box 183, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, 53916

Phone: 920 319-1444

email: phil@agriskconsultants.com

email: phillip.mcknight@bath.edu (alumni and friends)

email: phil.mcknight@alumni.ucla.edu (alumni and friends)