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Commodities as Investments (CAI)

 

Learn About:

  • Gain insight into the growing evidence of commodities as a valuable investment option as part of a diversified portfolio, given their low or negative correlation to equities.
  • Understand the impact commodity trends have on financial markets and the overall global economy.
  • Learn how energy derivatives are priced
  • Understand the mechanics of commodity-based securities such as:
    • Equities
    • Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)
    • Income Trusts
    • Managed Products: Commodity based mutual funds and hedge funds
    • Physical Commodities
    • Futures and Options
  • Crude Oil - The history and structure of the oil industry and markets. Its uses, pricing influences, recent market cycles and ways to invest and trade.
  • Gold - The history, structure, and size of the gold market, sources of supply and demand, and gold as an investment.
  • Natural Gas - The history and structure of the natural gas industry and markets. Its uses, pricing influences, recent market cycles and ways to invest.
  • Wheat and Corn - The history, size and structure of the industry and markets. Description of recent cycles, sources of supply and demand. Regulatory impacts, pricing, wheat and corn as an investment.
Approximate Hours of Study**
Hours of Study 55 - 65 hours

** In order to provide some guidance to course participants as to the length of time it will take to be sufficiently prepared to write the final examination, CSI has prepared this estimate of the number of hours an average participant could possibly expect to spend studying for a course. Please note that these are only recommended hours of study developed based on research and our course content, however, this does not mean that some students with exceptional backgrounds would not take less time than recommended or that students with no background at all in finance or economics would not take longer than the maximum.

If you have enrolled in this course before December 11, 2013 please refer to the below exam breakdown:

EXAM STRUCTURE
(weightings are approximate)
 
Commodities as an Asset Class 27%
Review of Derivatives 5%
Commodity Investing Vehicles 23%
An Overview of the Crude Oil Industry 13%
The Natural Gas Market and Industry Overview 10%
An Overview of the Gold Industry and Markets 12%
Wheat and Corn Markets and Industry Overview 10%

If you have enrolled in this course after December 11, 2013 please refer to this exam breakdown:

EXAM STRUCTURE
(weightings are approximate)
 
An Introduction to Commodities as Investments and Commodities as an Asset Class 24%
Review of Derivatives 5%
Commodity Investing Vehicles 21%
An Overview of the Crude Oil Industry 12%
The Natural Gas Market and Industry Overview 12%
An Overview of the Gold Industry and Markets 15%
Wheat and Corn Markets and Industry Overview 11%

EXAM FORMAT  
Exams 1
Exam Format Paper Based
Exam Length 2 Hours
Question Format Multiple Choice
Questions Per Exam 75
Attempts Allowed Per Exam 3*
Passing Grade 60%
Assignments None
ENROLMENT PERIOD  
Enrolment Period 1 year†

*There is no charge for your first attempt at a paper-based exam within Canada, as long as it's at a regular exam center and you provide a minimum of 14 days notice before the date that you want to write the exam. If you would like to write a computer-based exam, an additional fee will be required.

Each subsequent paper-based exam attempt at a regular exam centre within Canada will also require an additional fee. This fee is in addition to any special, computer-based or international fees that may apply. You must provide a minimum of 14 days notice within Canada at a regular exam centre and 4 weeks notice for all other centres. Please note that the date of the exam is not part of any notice period.

†Please note: Access to your online materials will close 2 weeks after successful course completion or course expiry (whichever comes first). This course can be extended by 1 year provided you have not exceeded the attempts allowed for each exam. You can view CSI extension fees here. Your enrolment period can only be extended one time.

Important: During a student's enrolment period, CSI may update this course. In that case, details about the update and how it may affect students will be posted online via My CSI. Students are held responsible for and are examinable on the content in the course textbook(s) provided at the time of enrollment unless stated otherwise in My CSI. Students are encouraged to check My CSI regularly throughout their enrolment period.

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This course is now eligible for CFA CE credits. CFA – Confirmation of CE Activities (PDF)

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