Against that backdrop of angst the world's financial system continues to seek what economists call "stores of value" i.e. someplace to park wealth in the hope it will appreciate. The effort has sent spasms through most of the nation's equity markets. Stock indices have experienced volatile shifts albeit in a narrow trading range.
In Rural America the fundamentals remain more conventional. There supply and demand are still the dominant economic forces.
The quicker pace of harvest has put more grain and oilseed in the bin, but it has also pressured prices. Corn this week touched four-month lows. But foreign demand has pushed wheat higher through much of October.