Online Class: Investing 201 — Intro to Commodity, Options, and Futures Markets

This comprehensive investing class takes you through the history and regulations of the marketplace, how trading works, exchanges and trading participants, and trading strategies and systems you can implement in your own investment scenarios.

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Course Description

Mastering the Art of Futures Trading: Your Comprehensive Guide

Have you ever been intrigued by the ebb and flow of corn prices on the commodities market? Perhaps you possess a penchant for taking calculated risks, a zest for exhilarating financial ventures, or an allure to the strategic game that is trading. The realm of futures trading, often dynamic and tinged with emotion, promises lucrative returns, making it a magnet for those with a keen financial acumen. Indeed, it offers an opportunity to not only trade with personal accounts but also manage portfolios for a diverse clientele. Experiencing successful trades in this domain is undeniably thrilling. However, a caveat: futures trading is not everyone's cup of tea. The stakes are high, and uninformed trading decisions can lead to significant monetary setbacks.

As of 2023, the futures market has witnessed an upward trajectory in terms of volume and global participants. Recognizing the burgeoning interest and the critical need for education in this space, we present "Investing 201: Commodity Markets and Futures Trading". This course stands as a lighthouse for those navigating the turbulent waters of futures trading.

Course Overview:

Investing 201: Commodity Markets and Futures Trading delves deep into the intricacies of the commodity and futures landscape. Beginning with the roots of commodity markets, it traverses through the mechanics of futures trading, demystifying complex jargon and decoding the nuances of charts.

What's in Store?

  1. History of Commodities Markets: Journey through time and explore the genesis, evolution, and milestones of commodity trading.

  2. Futures Markets: Unravel the dynamics of futures markets, their significance, and the forces that shape them.

  3. The Contract: A deep dive into the essence of trading – the contract. Understand its formulation, components, and significance.

  4. Contract Types: Decipher the various contract types available in the market and their unique attributes.

  5. Making a Trade: Transition from theory to practice. Learn the steps, strategies, and subtleties of executing a trade.

  6. Trading on Margin: Understand the concept of margin trading, its advantages, risks, and real-world applications.

  7. Regulatory Environment: Navigate the rules of the game. Familiarize yourself with the regulatory bodies, frameworks, and compliance mandates.

  8. How the Markets Work: Decode market mechanisms, influencers, and the interplay of various factors that drive prices and trends.

  9. Options: Explore the versatile world of options trading, its strategies, and applications.

  10. Trading Strategies: Equip yourself with proven trading methodologies, tactical approaches, and decision-making frameworks.

  11. Charts: Charts are the heartbeats of trading. Learn to interpret, analyze, and derive actionable insights from them.

  12. Trading Systems: Delve into automated trading systems, their design, advantages, and practical utility.

  13. Careers in Futures Trading: Discover potential career paths, roles, and opportunities in the futures trading ecosystem.

Who Should Enroll?

If you're someone who doesn't waver easily under market pressure, can gracefully navigate through losses, and possesses the financial bandwidth to learn while on the job, then futures trading might just be your calling. But, before you plunge, understanding the basics is pivotal. This course is tailor-made to provide you with a robust foundation.

The Futures Trading Advantage:

The futures market, with its vast potential, has been a realm where many have found not just monetary success, but also a fulfilling career. According to a 2023 report, the global futures market has grown exponentially, attracting a myriad of investors and traders. Such growth underscores the need for well-informed, strategic, and educated participants.


In a world where financial decisions can make or break fortunes, being well-prepared is not just an advantage; it's a necessity. "Investing 201: Commodity Markets and Futures Trading" is not just a course; it's your mentor, guide, and the first step towards a potential career in futures trading. Equip yourself with knowledge, refine your strategies, and step confidently into the world of futures trading.

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  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
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  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
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Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
4.4 / 5 Stars (Average Rating)
"Extraordinarily Helpful"
(1,210 votes)

Lesson 1 - History of Commodities Markets

This lesson offers a brief glimpse into the growth and development of commodities and futures trading in the U.S. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Assessment: Quiz for Lesson 1 - History of Commodities Markets

Lesson 2 - Futures Markets

Explore Futures markets at home and abroad by understanding trade and exchange organizations and how they work. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Future Class Trading Options
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Assessment: Quiz for Lesson 2 - Futures Markets

Lesson 3 - The Contract

This lesson explains the basic specifications that should be part of every futures contract. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz for Lesson 3 - The Contract

Lesson 4 - Contract Types

There are many different types of futures contracts - this lesson explains them and their differences. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz for Lesson 4 - Contract Types

Lesson 5 - Making a Trade

This lesson explains what a trading account is and how to research and utilize resources to place orders. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Analyse This!
  • Assessment: Quiz for Lesson 5 - Making a Trade

Lesson 6 - Trading on Margin

Delve into trading margins and how to leverage trading capacity in this lesson. 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz for Lesson 6 -Trading on Margin

Lesson 7 - Regulatory Environment

Rules and regulations in this field are essential. This lesson explains government regulations and their role in futures and commodity trading. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz for Lesson 7 - Regulatory Environment

Lesson 8 - How the Markets Work

How does the futures market work? This lesson explains market processes, who engages in futures markets and what happens when orders are placed. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Finding a Balance
  • Assessment: Quiz for Lesson 8 - How the Markets Work

Lesson 9 - Options

This lesson explains options; options prices and how to buy, sell and manage options. 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz for Lesson 9 - Options

Lesson 10 - Trading Strategies

Understand two major trading strategy fundamentals and why they are important in futures trading practices. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz for Lesson 10 - Trading Strategies

Lesson 11 - Charts

This lesson covers a variety of charts used in the futures trading markets and how to use them to your best advantage for making trading decisions. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz for Lesson 11 - Charts

Lesson 12 - Trading Systems

Learn how to develop a trading system for the futures market that will enhance success. This lesson explains several basic starting points for trading systems. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz for Lesson 12 - Trading Systems

Lesson 13 - Careers in Futures Trading

This lesson briefly explores careers in futures trading as well as the requirements for membership or education in the field. 590 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Lesson discussions: End of Course Poll; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Assessment: Quiz for Lesson 13 - Careers in Futures Trading
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

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

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Course Title: Investing 201: Intro to Commodity, Options, and Futures Markets
Course Number: 8900105
Lessons Rating: 4.4 / 5 Stars (1,210 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: October 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.8 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: John Chouinard
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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