Commodity Trading

CAS Commodity Trading 2023

The CAS in Commodity Trading is a shorter version of the DAS. It has been created to answer the growing demand for online courses from our international audience. However, physical attendance for the first 2 modules is mandatory, which allow participants to interact with their peers.

Information

Period

September 2023 - June 2024
18 ECTS credits
48 Teaching hours
96 Distance teaching hours
The programme is delivered in class for the first 2 modules and online for the 6 others

Language

English

Format

Blended learning

Contact

Sun VITTET
+41 (0)22 379 81 12
trading(at)unige.ch

Location

University of Geneva

Registration

Registration deadline

31 May 2023
Modules can be followed individually
Applications open in February 2023

Fees:

  • Registration fees (full programme only): CHF 350.- (non-refundable)
  • CAS: CHF 8'500.-
  • Individual module: CHF 900.- per 1.5-credit module; CHF 1'800.- per 3-credits module

Contribution to the SDGs

Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture Goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Objectives

  • Gain a solid understanding of commodities markets and trading transactions
  • Explore trading technology trends and innovation
  • Master all aspects of risk management in trading
  • Analyze the financing of trading activities
  • Look into sustainability challenges & legal aspects

Audience

Professional looking to develop and acquire new skills in the commodity trading field, or looking to make a career change

Programme

8 modules:

  • Trading Transactions (24 hours onsite)
  • Risk Management (24 hours onsite)
  • Organization, Sustainability & Responsibility (12 hours online)
  • Shipping & Operations (12 hours online)
  • Trade Finance Banking Instruments (12 hours online)
  • Information Systems & Innovation (12 hours online)
  • Commodity Financing & Treasury (24 hours online)
  • Commodity Trading Simulation (24 hours online)

Director(s)

Prof. Jean-Paul VULLIÉTY, Geneva School of Economics and Management (GSEM), University of Geneva

Coordinator(s)

Sun VITTET and Eliane PALIVODA HERREN, University of Geneva

Partnership

Swiss Trading and Shipping Association (STSA)
The Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) has been created in collaboration with the Swiss Trading and Shipping Association (STSA). As of September 2022, participants can choose a shorter version of the program with the Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Commodity Trading, which is offered mainly online. This new program has been set up to answer the growing demand for online courses from our international audience.

Speakers

John Keane

Description

Course Overview

Manage the entire process to generate a deal with a sound understanding of all costs involved and risks to be covered.
 

Course Objectives and Takeaways

The course provides the key elements to have a deeper understanding of oil market and related transactions. More specifically, the focus will be set on the following topics:

  •  Know the origin of oil and its derivatives
  •  Understand oil market and characteristics
  •  Assimilate buyer and seller obligations against INCOTERMS 2010
  •  Locate products against requirement
  •  Negotiate contract terms
  •  Elaborate deal budgets

Speakers

Xavier Trabia

Description

Course Overview

The objective of this module is to familiarise students with trading risk issues and their management/monitoring. The module will consist of identifying, quantifying and managing risks, directly or indirectly related to price risks. At the end of this section, the participants will have developed their capacity to understand the traders’ approach towards risks and opportunities in the commodity trading industry (with a focus on pricing risks) and understand the elements of risk management techniques in commodity trading.

Course Objectives and Takeaways

  • Define and identify risks
  • Master hedging techniques
  • Understand notions such as Position capture and Mark-to-Market within a commodity trading structure
  • Be familiar with option contracts and strategies
  • Use and understand the different VaR models: parametric, historical and Monte-Carlo simulations

Speakers

Paula Freire

Description

Course Overview

The commodity trading industry is facing a significant transformation driven by a surge of volatility in commodity prices, intensification of regulations and compliance requirements, proliferation of complex products and transactional models, reduction of margins and a willingness to act in larger parts of the supply chain. These external challenges have re-shaped the strategy and the vision of many of the corporations operating today in the commodities industry.  

In this context, the role of information technologies has become of extreme relevance in underpinning both the design of these strategies and their implementation; either contributing to the reduction of costs and operational risks through common data and information architectures, straight through processing and real time reporting or by supporting new revenue generation business models through continuous innovation.

This course explores information technologies from the perspective of a commodities trading corporation. It will provide a number of exemplars of the application of information technologies and the latest innovations in the commodities industry. Moreover, it will analyze the importance of IT and business alignment to achieve above mentioned objectives and how to enable, in practical terms, a strategy focused information technology organization.

Information will be presented in the form of use cases, academic research, articles and whitepapers published by respected scholars and experts in the field, and the actual disclosures of major multi-national companies in the industry, including service providers, consultancy companies, software houses...

Speakers

Pierre Thézé

Description

Course Overview

Understanding the mechanism of the main banking instruments used for obtaining financing from financial institutions in order to secure payment and performance in trading of commodities on the international market.

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding UCP600 and their usage
  • Ability to choose the best payment instrument  for a trader

Speakers

Pierre-Edouard Dolhen

Description

The practice of commodities trading is the process wherein all Commodity products are exchanged to satisfy current demand. Traders engage in it to remove any inefficiency in the market. In the market for commodities, there is always a way to make a profit with managed risk, and this is via arbitrage where traders play with immediate price differentials.

During this module, students will have the opportunity

  • To identify new trading opportunities using Business analysis canva
  • To test in a simulation environment their concrete understanding of the trading industry: from the management of cash contract, monitoring of portfolio/positions to hedging cash contracts on exchanges.
  • To familiarize themselves with real tools of the industry: Data Management Screen, Order Management System, Document templates from the industry.

Information will be presented in the form of use cases, academic research, articles, and whitepapers published by respected scholars and experts in the field, and the actual disclosures of major multi-national companies in the industry, including service providers, consultancy companies…

Rules of the simulation will be communicated in detail at the beginning of the module through the commodities trading simulation Handbook.

Students will have to connect to many platforms and will receive details for this purpose.

Speakers

Guillaume de La Ville

Description

This module presents the various financing methods that are available to the commodity trading companies.

The module first deals with the types of financing which are typically used by or available to commodity trading/distribution companies, such as:

  • Transactional Trade Finance;
  • Inventory Financing – repurchase agreements;
  • Borrowing Base;
  • Prefinance and Pre-export finance, which are two different types of financing yet having some common features;
  • Payment Risk Assumption (“PRA”) & Credit Risk Insurance (“CRI”), two credit risk mitigating tools that share common aspects but also significantly differ.

The module also covers some other types of financing which can be used by commodity trading companies when they reach a certain stage of development and/or are used by other commodity markets participants (E&P players, mine owners,..), namely: 

  • Reserve Base Lending (“RBL”);
  • Revolving Credit Facility (“RCF”).

Other types of financing which will be covered in Module 10 include Asset Finance, Acquisition Finance, Bridge Loan and Project Finance.

Course Objectives and Takeaways

Objectives of module 7 are the following:

  • give participants an understanding of the various tools/products and methodologies that lenders have developed over the years in order to finance the commodity trading companies, and 
  • illustrate how commodity trading companies manage their treasury requirements thanks to such financing tools.

Each type of financing is dealt in a similar manner, i.e. covering the following aspects:

  1. Principle & reimbursement sources
  2. Parties involved
  3. Type of duration
  4. Typical risks
  5. Securities
  6. Challenges for the Lender and the Borrower
  7. Advantages for the Lender and the Borrower
  8. Nature of the financing
  9. Typical structure of the credit facility
  10. Legal framework
  11. Management – follow up and position keeping.

At the end of the course, the participants will be able to: 

  • Understand the specificities of the various financing methods available in order to finance trading companies, some of the technical aspects of such methods, the sources of risks and how to mitigate them.
  • Have hints and tips to help choose/decide which type of financing would be the most appropriate depending on the business and related needs of the trading company.
  • Be familiar with the specific language of the industry in order to be in a position to exchange with other members of the industry.
  • Understand how trading companies manage their treasury requirements thanks to the use of the various financing methods covered.

 

Speakers

Lilach Trabelsi

Description

Course Overview:

The objective of this course is to provide students with an overview of expectations towards corporations active in commodity trading in the area of responsible business conduct. It will examine international standards, with a special focus on business and human rights and what is expected from companies and how it should be implemented in commodity trading. Looking at the latest developments in business and human rights in commodity trading it will provide students with tools to address this increasing concern and to avoid potential adverse impacts of corporations.

Course Objectives:

  • Understand expectations towards companies in the area of responsible business conduct
  • Understand responsibilities of commodity trading companies in the area of business and human rights
  • Analyse challenges in responsible business conduct in commodity trading
  • Analyse potential negative human rights impact in commodity trading activity
  • Develop proposals for enhancing responsible business conduct in commodity trading

Speakers

Carine Albertini

Description

Shipping and Trading Operations

  • Seaborne transportation

  • Negotiation and Contract set-up

  • Execution and Logistics (Nomination, Quality/Inspection, Storage, Documentation, Finalisation, example of operations walkthrough)

Assessment

Each module is subject to an assessment, including one or a combination of the following: in-class exam, classroom presentation, take-home assignment.

Diploma awarded

Students who successfully complete the program will be awarded the Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Commodity Trading / Certificat de formation continue (CAS) en négoce des matières premières by the Geneva School of Economics and Management (GSEM) of the University of Geneva.

Admission criteria

  • A university degree or equivalent and at least 3 years of professional experience
  • Proficiency in English is required

Steering committee

  • Professor Jean-Paul Vulliéty, Director, University of Geneva
  • Mrs Eliane Palivoda Herren, Senior Programme Officer, University of Geneva
  • Ms Lorine Barrier, Programme Coordinator, University of Geneva

Comité scientifique

  • Mr Benoit Lioud (Mercuria Energy Group)
  • Mr Pierre-Edouard Dolhen (Louis-Dreyfus Commodities)
  • Mr Olivier Thyssen (Banque Cantonale de Genève)
  • Mrs Florence Schurch (STSA)
  • Mr Simeon Lachev (Metinvest International SA)
  • Mr Guillaume Cassaigneau (STSA)
  • Mr Guillaume de La Ville (Ezpada Group)

Number of participants

Max. 25 participants

Detailed fees

Scholarships are not available for this programme.

Schedule

CAS: 2 modules onsite in Geneva | 6 modules online

Collaboration

Swiss Trading and Shipping Association (STSA)
  • John Keane, Managing partner, Petroconsult Sàrl - Linkedin
  • Xavier Trabia, Independent investor - Linkedin
  • Paula Freire, Global head of applications and regional IT head EMEA, APAC and China, COFCO International - Linkedin
  • Pierre Theze, Head documentary credit, Banque cantonale vaudoise - Linkedin
  • Pierre-Edouard Dolhen, Head of EMEA Derivatives Middle Office, Louis Dreyfus Company Suisse S.A. - Linkedin
  • Guillaume de La Ville, Owner at Commodity Finance Guillaume de La Ville, Geneva - Linkedin
  • Lilach Trabelsi, Research Project Head, Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights of the University of Geneva - Linkedin
  • Carine Albertini, Head of Operations, Sahara Group - Linkedin

"Commuting from Zug to Geneva to attend the DAS program was totally worth it. I have had the chance to meet amazing professionals amoung teachers and colleagues.  It's been a very interesting introduction to Commodity Trading industry, with valuable insights and great network opportunity.  The program represents a great opportunity to learn from experienced professionals with very diverse backgrounds. I totally recomand the program to whoever wish to expand professional network and gain exposure on the industry. " Luminita Tudose, SEBA Bank AG

"Expand My Knowledge"
"Enlarging The Understanding"
"An Invaluable Experience"
"A Major Benefit"
"A Valuable Network"
"An Amazing Programme"

Contribution to the SDGs

Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture Goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
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