International Agri-Professional Development Institute (IADI) Merchandising School
Introduction to Commodity Markets, Merchandising and Risk Management
August 21 – 24, 2018
Hilton Minneapolis Airport, Minneapolis MN
The IADI Merchandising School examines commodity merchandising principles with emphasis on:
PRICE RISK: Assessment and Management
FUNDAMENTALS: Supply, Demand and Price Analysis
CROP PRODUCTION AND WEATHER
HEDGING: Futures, Options and OTC Derivatives
TECHNICAL TRADING FACTORS
MARGIN MANAGEMENT: Merchandisers and Processors
BASIS BEHAVIOR: Cash and Futures Influence
TRANSPORTATION CONSIDERATIONS: Rail, Truck and Barge
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Our goal is provide each student with an understanding of merchandising principles, market fundamentals and strategy alternatives to make a measurable contribution to his or her company.
Each student should gain an understanding of commodity market structures and impacts, plus the importance of each link in the value chain.
Students can begin immediately to incorporate this new-found knowledge into day-to-day job responsibilities for greater productivity.
You will learn:
Basic merchandising and risk management fundamentals
How cash and derivative markets work; how those markets impact basis levels
Futures market price spreads and their relationship to basis levels
Supply/demand analysis, price discovery and risk management
Transportation factors and developments impacting basis trading
Who Should Attend?
Anyone with job responsibilities in the following areas, whether a seasoned employee or a new hire:
Commodity Merchandising, Trading and/or Processing
Commodity Investors and Traders
Finance/Auditing in Food and Agribusiness
Commodity and Ingredient Purchasing
Commodity Market Analysis
Transportation and Logistics
Supply, Demand Analysis and Forecasting