Beef industry looking for answers on cattle market volatility

Futures contracts not reflecting current fundamentals has those in the beef industry searching for more data on what can be done.

The operation of the live cattle and feeder cattle futures contracts has been the subject of much concern in the cattle industry, shared witnesses at a House Agriculture subcommittee hearing Tuesday and a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing Thursday.

Areas of concern include volatility, the speed of transactions, the role of high frequency trading, outright cheating, and whether or not the futures market is broken and no longer works as an effective price risk management tool.

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