What I do on a day-to-day basis !

Navigating the Commodity Markets with Freight and Spreads is the authentic views with a genuine intellect of Simon Jacques, a commodity trade specialist running a traditional arbitrage business.

It is loved or hated but be sure: we are read to the point it cannot simply be ignored by anyone dazzling in the physical markets.

People often ask me Jacques why do you run it ?

-What I’m doing is trying to communicate a belief system, a philosophy, a concern that I have about life, the market and the trade. I write to communicate Ideas, thoughts and Navigating the Commodity Markets with Freight and Spreads gives a me forum to do it.

Many people wonder “what I do on a day-to-day basis”.

To answer this question I must first say that I regularly go on the ground, ask the right questions necessary for the understanding of transactions with collaborators, producers exporters and lenders.

For instance the other day in the Port of Quebec I told “Bunge North America “swaps” the soybeans for soymeal with Bunge Europe… Today I’m in Ohio.


Our customer in Ohio exports IP soybeans to Korea, truck on the Ohio Turnpike to Decatur, Il then rail it to US West Coast. Why ? Because Time is money in logistics. Actually we save 3 days, freeing up working capital to do more trade.



In order to assess what this market will do to my market it is not forbidden to be curious !

In addition to the  physical dimensions, financing,

the paper markets,


the risks they entail are the three pillars of the commodity trade.

In my view, it is imperative to develop and maintain strong econs, risk and trade finance. Relying on a team is essential.

Collaboration is the key to originate and efficiently structure the current or anticipated transactions.

– Simon Jacques



Simon Jacques +1-226-348-5610

Commodity trading and finance.

Producers, processors and the end-users in North America bring it on !

Navigating the commodities markets with Freight and Spreads © 2017


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