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Business School, University of Colorado Denver
 


 Spring 2014 Courses

For Undergraduates

CMDT 4802/FNCE 4802 – Foundations of Commodities

This course for upper division students introduces students to the physical aspects of commodities and connects them to the financial markets in which commodities are traded.  Fundamental concepts and terminology necessary for understanding commodity production, transportation, economics, financial analysis and marketing are described.  Supply chains for several specific commodities are reviewed in detail, as examples of the production and market structure knowledge needed to be successful professional participants in commodity trading capacities.  The course also serves a foundation for more focused education in the specific commodity sectors, as well as the applied use of marketing and financial trading concepts learned in other courses. This course is for undergraduate students with senior standing. MW 5:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

For Graduates

CMDT 6802/FNCE 6802 – Foundations of Commodities

This course introduces students to the physical aspects of commodities and connects them to the financial markets in which commodities are traded.  Fundamental concepts and terminology necessary for understanding commodity production, transportation, economics, financial analysis and marketing are described.  Supply chains for several specific commodities are reviewed in detail, as examples of the production and market structure knowledge needed to be successful professional participants in commodity trading capacities.  The course also serves as a foundation for more focused education in the specific commodity sectors, as well as the applied use of marketing and financial trading concepts learned in other courses. MW 5:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

CMDT 6482/FNCE 6482 – Advanced Portfolio Management

This course puts graduate students at the leading edge of managing investment portfolios across multiple asset classes in CU Denver Business School's unique, state-of-the-art Commodities and Finance lab at the J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities. Bringing to life the latest academic theories such as Kaplan's CVaR will ideally prepare graduate students to pursue accelerated careers in asset management, investment advisory or related financial markets positions. Topics covered include: Asset Classes and Financial Markets: Commodities, Equities, Fixed Income, Hedge Funds, Portfolio Optimization (MVO, CVaR), Risk Management, Trade Execution and Ongoing Portfolio Management, Ethics and Code of Conduct in Asset Management. W 6:30 p.m. - 9:15 p.m. Prerequisite: BUSN 6640, FNCE 6330 (Preferred)

Coursework from the J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities can be applied as a free elective in the graduate and undergraduate Business and Finance programs. These electives may also apply to other graduate business degrees offered by the Business School including Master’s degrees in Information Systems, International Business, and Management​​​.

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