Jack Scoville, Price Futures Group Analyst, joins Yahoo Finance to discuss the commodity price surge.
Direct to consumer online sales have helped a number of female-focused startups get products to market in recent years -- often pitching better designed and generally more thoughtful feminine hygiene products than mainstream staples. The lack of innovation in the mainstream market for feminine hygiene has certainly created a gap for startups to address. The core products on shelves are, all too often, depressingly familiar -- disposable pads and tampons -- even if they may (sometimes) now be made of organic cotton or have some other mild design tweaks.
There's a saying in real estate that they aren't making any more land, which is meant to suggest that buying property is a good thing. Farmland Partners buys farms, as its name implies. Roughly 70% of its property is dedicated to commodity crops like corn, wheat, and cotton.