Saturday, April 17, 2010
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In 1996, University of Wisconsin released an import report on cheese trading at the "National Cheese Exchange" in Green Bay, Wisconsin:
Just over a year later the traders fled to the arms of the CME where their trading could be more secretive.
USDA then devised the NASS survey for dairy pricing as a smoke screen to hide the fact that the same factors were in charge.
As can be seen in the above graph the only difference between CME and NASS is a few days. That is because the plant uses CME price to quote to a customer and NASS surveys the product when it goes out the door - hence the delay.
Without the CME there would be no NASS.
In 1998 another report was released detailing the benefits of the cash cheese market: