Agricultural Futures & Options

Gain a deep understanding of agricultural futures and options, plus learn the benefits and limitations of each type of instrument and how it supports speculative trading and commercial hedging.

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At A Glance

Industry Segment Agriculture
Course Level Introductory to Intermediate
CPE Credits Not Applicable
DTN Credits 3
Competency Path Not applicable

What You Will Learn

Gain a practical, yet rigorous understanding of what futures and options are, how they work and are used, and how to measure the risks and rewards associated with them. Areas of focus will include:

  • The vocabulary of futures and options.
  • The what, why, how, and who of futures and options markets.
  • The mathematics of options premiums, historical and implied volatility, and the Greeks.
  • The differences and similarities of futures and options.
  • Real-time trading and hedging examples for all products in agricultural markets using futures and options.
  • Correlation and basis analysis.
  • Options pricing models: Black-Scholes and Cox-Ross-Rubenstein.
  • Popular options spread strategies used by speculators and commercial hedgers.

Who Should Attend

This course applies to individuals at all levels of the agricultural infrastructure, including grains, edible oils, livestock, and cotton. Individuals whose decisions have a significant financial impact will benefit from this program. Managers from areas, such as farming, ranching, feedlot operators, soybean processors, marketing, sales, manufacturing, supply and distribution, trading risk management, purchasing, financial, and accounting will all find the course highly beneficial.