Introduction to Commodity Markets: Understanding Energy Market Fundamentals | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Introduction to Commodity Markets: Understanding Energy Market Fundamentals

Online with Live Sessions

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Format: 7 weeks online course


The Introduction to Commodity Markets program is designed to introduce financial professionals to the intricacies of energy markets, starting at the macro level with main markets and structures and progressing to topics including basic commodity structures and instruments, statistical analysis, commodity forwards, swaptions, and spread options.

Key Takeaways

  • Identify the history and key concepts of commodities trading that make them unique in the finance world
  • Analyze volatility and correlations in commodities
  • Calculate the impact of swaptions (options on certain swaps) and Greeks (mathematical equations that offer greater sensitivity) on derivatives

Who Should Attend

This program was designed to provide an introduction to commodities markets — specifically to energy markets and their complexities — for finance professionals who may or may not have previously worked with energy derivatives or commodities but have a keen interest in them. It is ideal for early- to mid-level finance or investment professionals looking to:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the quantitative methods used in commodity markets as well as correlation and volatility in energy markets
  • Understand commonly traded instruments in energy markets and their basic evaluation
  • Build a deeper technical understanding of the commodity markets and how to conduct their own analyses may also find the program beneficial.

Course Outline

  • Module 1: Introduction to Commodity Markets
  • Module 2: Basic Commodity Structures and Instruments
  • Module 3: Statistical Analysis of Commodities Data
  • Module 4: Dynamics of Commodity Forwards
  • Module 5: Swaptions
  • Module 6: Spread Options

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