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Course Description

 Can you predict which direction corn prices will go? Are you the type of person who enjoys taking risks?  Do you want to be a part of an often fast-paced, emotional environment? A career in futures trading can lead to a great income and a large bank account. You can trade with your own account or manage a portfolio for a group of clients. When trades go the right way, it can be one of the most exciting industries to be a part of. But it's not for everyone. There are significant financial risks, and trading without a firm knowledge of the marketplace can lead to a rapid loss of money. Not sure how it works? Well, if you're looking for a general understanding of the commodity and futures market, this course is for you.


Commodity Markets and Futures Trading is a 13-part course that takes you through the history and regulations of the marketplace, how trading works, exchanges and trading participants, and trading strategies and systems. You'll learn the lingo and how to read a chart. When you complete the course, you'll have the knowledge to take the next steps in becoming a futures trader.

If you think you have the patience to hold on while the market moves against you; if you can stomach a disappointing loss and move ahead with your trading strategy; if you have money to risk while you learn the ropes, then you may have the qualities to become a futures trader. Start by learning the basics with this informative course.

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics

Commodity History & Trends

Futures History & Trends

Commodities Markets



            Precious Metals







            Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT)


Regulatory Environment

            US Commodities Futures Trading Commission

            Securities Exchange Commission


Trading Strategies

            Spot Trading

Trading Systems

Careers in Commodities and Futures    

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with one or two assignments. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Know history of commodities markets.
  • Describe futures markets.
  • Describe the options market: creating the contract.
  • Define contract types.
  • Know making a trade.
  • Describe trading on margin.
  • Know regulatory environment.
  • Describe how the markets work.
  • Describe the options market.
  • Know trading strategies.
  • Know trading systems, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction1
Lesson 1 Assignment2
Quiz for Lesson 1 - History of Commodities Markets9
Lesson 2 Assignment2
Quiz for Lesson 2 - Futures Markets10
Quiz for Lesson 3 - The Contract9
Quiz for Lesson 4 - Contract Types10
Quiz for Lesson 5 - Making a Trade9
Quiz for Lesson 6 -Trading on Margin8
Quiz for Lesson 7 - Regulatory Environment10
Quiz for Lesson 8 - How the Markets Work10
Quiz for Lesson 9 - Options8
Quiz for Lesson 10 - Trading Strategies9
Quiz for Lesson 11 - Charts9
Quiz for Lesson 12 - Trading Systems10
Quiz for Lesson 13 - Careers in Futures Trading10
The Final Exam580
Total Points:706

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