Rabobank Report Predicts Pork Profitability to Return by End of 2009

NEW YORK, July 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Although higher input prices have kept pork producers in the red for close to nine months, a new Rabobank report, "U.S. Pork," predicts they are likely to see profits again in 2009. "After more than three years of strong profitability, U.S. hog producers have been in the red for …

Rabobank Releases New Farm & Ranch Confidence Survey

NEW YORK, April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Rabobank recently launched a survey to gauge farmers' confidence and found that, while farmers' outlook on the economy generally mirrors that of the overall population, more than half of farmers surveyed are employing risk management strategies to help navigate this difficult economic climate. "Our survey demonstrates that U.S. farmers …

Opportunities Exist in Alternative Markets for Canadian Food Processors

NEW YORK, April 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Alternative markets may hold opportunities for Canadian food processors as rising costs, the appreciating Canadian dollar and slowing economies pressure profit margins, according to a new Rabobank report. According to the report, "Rabo Ag Focus: Canadian Food Processing," personal income growth in large economies -- such as Mexico, Brazil, …

Study sees rising risk in ARMs; Borrowers may fail to weigh pitfalls

Interest rates are rising, and adjustable-rate mortgages are growing in popularity because they allow borrowers to start out with lower monthly payments. And borrowers most likely to prefer ARMs - low-income and minority homebuyers - have the least understanding of the potential cost, according to a new study. "Given the high probability of interest rate …

Rabobank Analysts Discuss the Food vs. Fuel Debate in New Podcast

NEW YORK, Aug. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The search for alternative fuels is often blamed for the high cost of food but, according to a new Rabobank podcast, it is just one of many factors. In the podcast, analysts with Rabobank Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory (FAR) department discuss the food vs. fuel debate. (The …

Study Points Out Alarming Rise in Use of Subprime Mortgages by Minorities

Racial minorities in Hampton Roads have sharply increased their use of more costly subprime mortgages when buying a home, a consumer advocacy organization said in a study of lending in more than 100 metropolitan areas. In addition, blacks and Latinos in the region and the nation are much more likely than whites to resort to …

Rabobank Analyst Explores the U.S. Dairy Market in New Podcast

NEW YORK, June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Since 1937 June has been Dairy Month: an annual tradition to celebrate the dairy industry. A new Rabobank podcast examines some causes for this celebration, such as growth in specialty products and an increase in dairy exports. In the podcast, Rabobank Dairy Analyst and Food & Agribusiness Research and …