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J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities: Executive/Professional Education

Foundations of Co​​mmodities

March 21-231, 2018


Not-for academic credit. Certificate issued by the J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities, CU Denver. Certified by GARP and DORA Deivison of Insurance for 24 Continuing Education Credits.

Course Des​cription

Gain a high level of understanding of the commodities industry from physical aspects (supply chain, fundamentals, asset monetization) to the financial (market structure, spreads, futures and derivatives). Risk management and regulation/compliance will also be covered.

Session overview

Day 1: Fundamentals of Agricultural, Energy & Mineral Commodities

  • Introduction to foundational commodities concepts
  • Physical commodity supply and value chains
  • Commodity transportation and logistics
  • Structure of financial commodity markets and trading
  • Legal, regulatory and compliance aspects of commodities markets

Day 2: Commodity Markets

  • Commodity market structures, terms and conventions
  • Comparison of commodity markets
  • Market regulation (CFTC, FERC, Dodd-Frank)
  • Environmental markets and sustainability
  • Fun and informative commodity market anecdotes from seasoned personnel

Day 3: Commodity Risk Management and Market Analysis

  • Managing commodity financial risks
  • Commodity transaction structuring and finance
  • Quantitative methods in commodity analysis
  • Commodities price forecasting
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Content Director

T​horvin Anderson

Thorvin has extensive experience in complex transaction structuring, power and gas trading analysis, physical asset dispatch, and finance. He has spent twenty years in the commodities space, both in industry and on Wall Street, with firms ranging from Koch industries  and Calpine Corportation to Bear Stearns and J.P. Morgan. Actively involved in commodities education throughout his career, Thorvin has orchestrated and led multiple training programs focused on introducing participants to key concepts in commodities. While working in the Commodities businesses of JP Morgan and Bear Stearns, Thorvin initiated and managed rotational programs to recruit and develop junior talent in a cross-disciplinary manner. He is now the President of Razor Commodity Advisors, LLC, a firm which advises clients on transaction and asset valuation and risk management. Thorvin graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Economics, in 1997 and received his CFA Charter in 2006. 

Expec​ted Instructors

  • Salman Banaei, Director & Head Noth American Regulatory Affairs at IHS Markit
  • Dr. Tom Brady, Chief Economist, Newmont Mining
  • Dr. Christopher J. Hansen, Principal, Hansen Advisors
  • Andy Hecht, Commodities Expert and Author
  • Ken Shulklapper, Lead of E&P Derivative Marketing team, JPMorgan

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