Magazine Article | November 1, 2016

Can Financial Markets Solve The Ever-Increasing Costs of Healthcare?

Source: Life Science Leader

By Dennis Purcell, founder and senior advisor, Aisling Capital LLC

Back in the 1840s, when the U.S. was primarily an agrarian society, the concept of a futures market for commodities was introduced. At the end of harvest season, when farmers brought their agricultural or meat products to Kansas City and Chicago, the supply of goods coming to the market at the same time put a downward pressure on prices and made it challenging for producers to obtain reasonable prices and achieve a satisfactory lifestyle. There needed to be a mechanism whereby the producers could attain some certainty over future prices for their products. The producers wanted some stability, while plenty of investors and speculators sought opportunity. A two-sided futures market was created.