Posts Tagged ‘Agriculture’

JP Morgan Highbridge Saw Potash Potential

August 30, 2010

Chidem Kurdas

Recently Russia announced an export ban on grains and BHP Billiton made a contested offer to buy Potash Corp. Long before those events moved agriculture to the headlines, JP Morgan’s hedge fund unit made a big bet on a fertilizer company. (more…)

Iowa Farmers Bet on Middle America

August 6, 2010

Chidem Kurdas

When people look for investment areas that are not crowded, one possibility is small business development. Few investors have the required expertise or patience. Certain geographies are more underserved than others in this respect and hence offer greater opportunity.

A few private equity and hedge funds specialize in small firms and regions that don’t get attention from big financial players. Often the managers and their investors are connected to those areas.

Thus the Iowa Corn Growers Association is setting up a fund to take advantage of attractive financing transactions in Middle America. (more…)