Alan Knuckman graduated with a business degree from Michigan State University. He went on to work for a premier trading firm and the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), where he rapidly learned all aspects of the futures industry. He currently holds series 4 and 24 securities registration credentials. His options, futures, and currencies experience have made him a sought after commentator on issues shaping both hard (extracted or mined) and soft (grown or produced through the agriculture industry) commodities. He is a frequent guest on major international media outlets including CNBC, Sky News, MarketWatch, Bloomberg, Fox Business Network, CNN Money, and Reuters.