Introduction to Commodities

This 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.


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 & 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 & Reserves-to-Production ratio
‐ Hubbert’s Peak theory

Trading Commodities
‐ Physical vs. derivatives
‐ OTC vs. exchange traded
‐ Forward Freight Agreements (FFAs)
‐ Delivery & settlement

Commodity Indices
‐ Baltic Dry Index (BDI) & other Baltic indices
‐ BCOM index
– S&P GSCI index
– CRB index


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