Commodity fundamentals ” 2 Day’s workshop”

• Identify the links between different commodity markets
• The main traded commodity markets
• Why commodity markets are essentially forward markets
• Forward pricing
• The concept of a forward price
• Why normal forward pricing conditions do not apply in commodity markets
• Conditions of contango and backwardation and the situations in which they are most likely to occur
• The main commodity participants and their likely activity along the forward curve
• Financial market participants
• How market participants can invest in commodities (e.g. index funds vs. ETPs vs. MTNs)

• The main commodity indices used by the market

• The main sources of return from index investing (i.e. the concept of the roll yield)

• The main features of exchange traded products
• Structured commodity products

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