Introduction to Commodities

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This “Introduction to Commodities” course gives participants an understanding of the most important commodities markets that feature in Alternative Asset Management including: oil and gas, agricultural commodities metals and gold.


This course is for individuals with a basic understanding of banking and the financial markets.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course participants will understand how such commodities are used in asset management, their contract features and the risks and returns associated with commodity investments.

Course Content

  • Commodity markets and sub-markets
  • Agriculture
  • Metals – iron ore
  • Precious metals – gold
  • Energy – oil, gas and power
  • Market correlations and volatility
  • Exercises: exploring how banks make money from commodities and pitching trade ideas
  • Commodity price drivers
  • Risk appetite
  • Currencies
  • Supply and demand
  • Stocks-to-use and reserves-to-production ratio
  • Hubbert’s Peak Theory
  • Trading commodities
  • Physical vs. derivatives
  • OTC vs. exchange traded
  • Forward Freight Agreements (FFAs)
  • Delivery and settlement
  • Commodity Indices
  • Baltic Dry Index (BDI) and other Baltic indices
  • BCOM index
  • S&P GSCI index
  • CRB index


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