Become a LUMBER TRADER.
I don't mean this piece to single anyone out, rather encourage everyone. We each have been given a title on our jobs. Sales person, buyer, account manager, purchasing agent, VP of something, or perhaps even owner. In the lumber industry there is one title or job category that has a double standard or meaning. That is "lumber trader". Most often a lumber trader is thought of as an office wholesaler which implies a paper trader or one who does not actually take possession of the products. My perception, understanding, definition of a lumber trader goes beyond that limited scope of paper shuffling, gambler. A lumber trader has an ongoing, day-by-day pulse of the current state-of-the-market. The professional lumber traders knows where the balance of supply and demand has come from, where it currently is and where it is going. This awareness enables them to properly align long and short positions with momentum and volume. Lumber traders are calculated risk takers. All lumber and panel buyers should aspire to be excellent lumber traders. All mill production sellers should be lumber traders. Each informed with knowledge and understanding of both sides of a trade and proficient at both buying and selling. LLG's mission is to be Lumber Market Educators, developing and refining lumber trader skills in each of its members. When I refer to you as a lumber trader it is meant to inspire you to join the ranks of the lumber market's most skilled participants. Become the informer, the leader, the unexpendable. Dare to become a Lumber Trader. LLG creates Lumber Traders. ML