Commodities Markets

This one day Commodities Markets course covers the principal commodities markets and how they are traded and providing practical, hands-on commodity analysis experience. In addition to the derivation of traded commodity prices, the course explores the inter-relationships amongst commodity markets and their relationship to key macroeconomic variables such as interest rates and inflation.


It also provides a guide to some of the more exotic traded commodities, such as carbon credits and weather derivatives and examines their role in modern markets. It also takes a look into the future, including the potential impact of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) in vital commodity markets.


  • Financial analysts
  • Economists
  • Quantitative analysts
  • Commodity analysts
  • Pension fund managers
  • Risk managers
  • Investors
  • New financial markets employees


One day

Learning Objectives

At the end of the course delegates should have a broad understanding of the following subject areas:

  • Overview of key markets: energy, metals and minerals, agriculture and industrial
  • Key players: producers, hedgers, traders, hedge funds and government agencies
  • Trading on major commodities exchanges and Over-the-Counter (OTC)
  • Understanding the transaction process for exchange traded and OTC contracts
  • Main derivative types: forwards, futures, spreads, options, leases, repos and ETFs.
  • Uses of derivatives: position taking, Sharia-compliant investment and hedging


This course has no prerequisites. Although bond analysis requires a wide range of financial analytical and economic concepts, these will be introduced with no prior knowledge needed.

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