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Rich Asplund
Rich Asplund

Richard is an investment analyst covering the global financial, equity, commodity, and clean energy markets. Richard received an MBA cum laude from the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business, a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Bachelor of Science degree cum laude in Industrial Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Richard is the author of Profiting from Clean Energy: A Complete Guide to Trading Green in the Solar, Wind, Ethanol, Fuel Cell, Carbon Credit Industries, and more (Wiley, 2008). Richard is the contributing author of The CRB Commodity Yearbook (Wiley, 2003 through 2009) and The CRB Encyclopedia of Commodity and Financial Prices (Wiley, 2006, 2009).

Richard has been interviewed on CNBC, Fox, Bloomberg TV, Japanese NHK TV, and National Public Radio, and has been quoted in print publications such as Dow Jones, Reuters, USA Today, Newsweek and others.

Most Recent Stories

Natural Gas Prices Plunge to a 1-3/4 Month Low on Warm U.S. Temps and Ample Supplies

Jan Nymex natural gas (NGH21) this morning is down -0.253 (-9.10%).Jan nat-gas prices this morning plunged to a 1-3/4 month nearest-futures low. Forecasts for warmer-than-normal U.S. temperatures fueled...

Coffee Prices See Support from Strength in the Brazilian Real

Mar arabica coffee (KCH21) this morning is up +30 (+0.25%), and Jan ICE Robusta coffee (RMF21) is up +1 (+0.07%).Coffee prices this morning are slightly higher as strength in the Brazilian real against...

Cocoa Prices Mixed as a Slump in the Dollar to a 2-1/2 Year Low Lifts NY Cocoa Prices

Mar ICE NY cocoa (CCH21) this morning is up +18 (+0.68%). ICE London cocoa #7 (CAH210) is down -9 (-0.50%).Cocoa prices this morning are mixed. NY cocoa is moderately higher today as a sell-off in the...

Sugar Prices Post Moderate Gains on Short-Covering as Brazilian Real Jumps to a 4-Month High

Mar NY world sugar #11 (SBH21) this morning is up +0.09 (+0.62%), and Mar London white sugar #5 (SWH21) is up +2.30 (+0.57%).Sugar prices this morning are moderately higher as they recover from Wednesday's...

Gold Prices Climb to a 1-Week High on a Weak Dollar and Improved Stimulus Prospects

Feb gold (GCG21) this morning is up +4.7 (+0.26%), and Mar silver (SIH21) is down -0.030 (-0.15%).Precious metals this morning are mixed with gold at a 1-week high. A slump in the dollar index today to...

U.S. Stock Indexes Climb with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 at New Record Highs on Stimulus Optimism

The S&P 500 Index ($SPX) this morning is up +0.33%, the Dow Jones Industrials Index ($DOWI) is up +0.45%, and the Nasdaq 100 Index ($IUXX) is up +0.64%. U.S. stock indexes this morning are pushing higher,...

Crude Oil Prices Slightly Higher as OPEC+ May Delay a Crude Production Increase Until February

Jan WTI crude oil (CLF21) this morning is up +0.05 (+0.11%), Feb Brent crude oil (CBG21) is up +0.15 (+0.31%), and Jan RBOB gasoline (RBF21) is up +0.0091 (+0.73%).The energy complex this morning is posting...

10-Year T-Notes Move Higher as the Worsening Pandemic Bolsters Dovish Fed Policy

Mar 10-year T-notes (ZNH21) this morning are up +6 ticks. The 10-year T-note yield is down -1.3 bp to 0.923%.Mar 10-year T-note prices this morning higher as they recover from Wednesday's 3-week low....

Dollar Slumps to a Fresh 2-1/2 Year Low as Stocks Trade Higher on Stimulus Prospects

The dollar index (DXY00) this morning is down -0.466 (-0.51%). Dec euro-fx futures (E6Z0) are up +0.0061 (+0.50%), and EUR/USD (^EURUSD) is up +0.0038 (+0.31%). Dec yen futures (J6Z0) is up +0.0059 (+0.62%),...

U.S. Stock Indexes Settle Slightly Higher on Optimism Congress will Agree on Pandemic Stimulus

The S&P 500 Index ($SPX) on Wednesday closed up +0.18%, the Dow Jones Industrials Index ($DOWI) closed up +0.20%, and the Nasdaq 100 Index ($IUXX) closed up +0.01%. U.S. stock indexes on Wednesday recovered...

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