Soft Commodity Life Cycle From A to Z

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Soft Commodity life cycle from A to Z

Where the goods move, why they move, who controls the process and how do they operate?

Part 1: What is commodity trading?

Soft Commodity Trading Jargon Buster
Geneva as a Commodity Trading Hub
Basics of Commodity Pricing – Commodity Pricing Mechanism
Supply and Demand – Demand and Supply Driven
Basis Risk and Pricing Forwards, Futures and Swaps
ICE Nymex and the Exchange, Price discovery, forward curves
OTC products versus Exchange Traded vrs Clearport
Options and their structures
Commodity Assets – Upstream
Commodity Assets – Midstream
Commodity Assets – Downstream
Commodity Trading Company Structures
The Future for Commodity Trading Companies

Part 2: Pre-trade and contract negotiation (including risks)

Role of Trader – Arbitrage in Space
Role of Trader – Arbitrage in Time – Contango markets
Role of Trader – Arbitrage in Time – Backwardation Markets
Role of Trader – Transformation Arbitrage
Role of Trader – Physical Trading
Role of Trader – Paper Trading
Role of Trader – Option Trading strategies
Role of Trader – Liquidity Risk facing Commodity Traders
Bush to Fob Margin – Asset plays
CIF to Shelf Margin – Marketing and Asset Plays
Price Risk – Management of risk
Counterparty Risk
Political and Legal Risk

Part 3: Contract is signed, trade confirmation (PnL, credits, liquidity management, operations)

Traders Role – Common Problems
Contractual agreements – different trading terms
Shipping Documents – Bills of lading and LOIs
Operational Risk Quality and Quantity Risk
Payment Terms – Letters of Credit, CAD and CIA
Accounting – Liquidity Management on Paper and Physical Trades
Managing Credit Exposure

Part 4: Trade Execution (logistics, payment, etc.)

Operators role – Common Problems
Land Transport
Chartering and Ocean Freight
Terminal Port issues and agents
Insurance Risk

Part 5: Post Trade (accounting, tax, finance, etc.)

Basel III and effects on Commodity Trading companies
Customer Financing Agreements
Disputes and Arbitrations – RSA and Gafta
Financing in a commodity trading company
Position Limits and VARs



A new way to learn about commodity trading

Access valuable trainings made by people from the field. Our programs are operational and concrete; the subjects bring expertise with a different level of knowledge, from beginners to experts.
This module proposes a detailed overview of the major Derivatives used in Commodity and include exercises, practical case studies and tips from the field!


A series of tools is at your disposal to guide you in your experience to the knowledge such as :

  • Personal dashboard
  • Series of video courses
  • Interactive exercises
  • Notes & objectives
  • Course Materials
  • Final quiz
  • Certification

Certified Courses

At the end of your course, if you achieve 75% success or more, you will receive an AW Academy certificate from Ampersand World recognized in the world of international trading. The latter is aimed at people who wish to integrate the world of trading or to professionals who wish to consolidate their knowledge in this field. Pre-requisites: None.



You will pass this test at the end of your curriculum. The latter will be composed of questions, and will group the different notions approached in the course of your experience.


This program consists of about 8 hours of training courses and 4 hours of questions. This time is our recommendation to get successfully certified.


If you want to go further in your learning cycle, you can have access to our speaker and plan private lessons. Contact us for more details.


Welcome to the Academy

AW ACADEMY® is an e-learning platform focused on physical commodity trading, shipping, trade finance
and all related domains and animated by Ampersand World.



Our online courses that teach general and/or specific commodity trading skills in a “learning by doing” format. We believe that learning about commodities is more efficient through simulations and practical case in which each attendant has opportunities to practice trading fundamental directly.


Our online courses offers are targeted to people working in the world of trading or willing to learn more about this industry. This includes professional without trading experience, young graduate or HR specialists in the trading sector who would like to develop or up-date their trading skills.



A unique feature of the AW ACADEMY® is that it is taught by a team of practicing speakers and other professionals who are selected not only for their professional reputation and accomplishment, but also to reflect the diversity of the trading profession.