The 21st Show

Best of: Why you should understand futures trading


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The prices of oil, corn, wheat, or what's known as Commodity futures trading can be seen as a complex vital investment strategy in America, but Scott Irwin’s new book explains the fundamentals of trading in an entertaining, easy-to-follow way, without making you feel confused along the way.

We are joined by the author who shares why futures markets are relevant to all of us, not just farmers. We also learn about the author’s life growing up, his journey as an educator, his opinion of current affairs from commodities, Twitter, global warming, and much more.


Scott Irwin
The Laurence J. Norton Chair of Agricultural Marketing
Professor, Agricultural and Consumer Economics
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


A version of this conversation was first broadcast Sep. 14, 2023.