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OEBU 2210A - Understanding Commodity Markets

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 12

Language of tuition : English


Good command of Accounting, Financial analysis and understanding of Financial Markets.

Course Description

After 15 years of supercycle, we have entered a new era. The price rout has been violent. Have commodities lost their attraction? With 7.5 billion population worldwide and 9 billion in a few decades, with middle class emerging throughout the world fostering further urbanisation, commodities will remain core to any economic development. This course aims at explaining the commodity dynamics, giving a good command of the key function of trading, of the embedded risks and their management through financial instruments, the various strategies of the large commodity houses (from asset light to totally integrated models). Students will strategize on these concepts and be confronted with seasoned practioners to challenge their findings and understanding.


LAMBERT, Jean-François (Founder and Managing Partner at Lambert Commodities)

Pedagogical format

Lecture on main notions with Q&A and class interaction, case studies work, presentation to a professional jury (5 pages Power Point max).

Course validation

Ongoing evaluation (personal interaction in class): 20%, Case study work (Group work): 30%, Final Power Point Presentation (Group work): 50%.


Six 2-hour sessions. 2-hour weekly homework. 2 credits.

Required reading

  • The King of Oil: The Secret Lives of Marc Rich / published by Daniel Amman
  • Hot Commodities, Jim Rogers / published by John Wiley & Sons
  • Guide to Commodities, Caroline Blain / published by The Economist

Additional required reading

Commodities demystified: a guide to trading and the global supply chain /pdf available on