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Thu Jul 25, 2013 01:34 PM CDT

Here's a quick monitor of Washington farm and trade policy issues from DTN's well-placed observer.

SENATE PANEL HEARS CONCERNS ABOUT INCREASED OWNERSHIP OF COMMODITIES BY BANKS

Bank holding companies over the past 10 years have become major merchants of physical commodities and energy, a development that further complicates regulators' attempts to prevent future bailouts of the banks by taxpayers, according to witnesses at a Senate Banking subcommittee hearing earlier this week.

The hearing came amid reports that big financial firms such as Goldman Sachs may have sought to manipulate aluminum prices with questionable business strategies, including ...

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