Introduction to Commodity Futures and Options

£755 per delegate. This may be less for special offers on specific course dates and in-company training courses

Duration: 1 day

Trainer: E023CI

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Introduction to Commodity Futures & Options

This is a one-day entry-level course aimed at delegates with little or no existing knowledge of derivatives. The morning session focuses upon futures with the afternoon session focussed upon options.

Who Should Attend

New traders and brokers
New entrants to the futures and options markets
Support and operations people involved in the commodity markets
Sales and marketing personnel
Individuals working in organisations such as: trading companies, banks, brokers, commodity producers, consumers, refiners, distribution companies, government and associated organisations.

Course Content


- Definition of derivatives
- Types of derivative
- Derivatives evolution
- Derivatives exchanges
- Underlying asset class variations
- Definition of futures
- Key features of futures
- Futures contract specifications
- Key language; long and short
- Using futures; hedging and speculation
- Real world; futures trading screens
- The Clearing House
- Delivery and settlement
- Futures pricing
- The basis spread
- Carry (contango) and backwardation
- Futures spread trading
- Volume and Open Interest
- Key trading terminology


- Option basics; calls and puts
- Everyday examples of calls and puts
- Definitions of calls and puts
- Option contract specifications
- Options evolution
- Exercise and assignment
- Using options; hedging and speculation
- Hedging with futures vs hedging with options
- Key option terminology; at/in/out of the money
- Option pricing and volatility
- Basic option strategy
- Option resources and glossary (in manual)
- Q&A Session

The course either has new dates in data loading, or is only run as a dedicated or In Company course.
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