Advanced Commodity Finance - eCourse

Learn about the three types of commodities, their features, and the risks involved in financing them as well as commodities trading from a banker’s perspective.

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By the end of this eCourse you will be able to:

Discuss specific features of the agriculture, metal and energy markets.

List the major risks in commodity supply chains and Identify who should be the primary risk-takers.

Understand the instruments in the commodity finance toolbox and their main components.

Describe the key concept of yield curve and explain the fundamental notions of Contango and Backwardation.

Analyse the difference between commodity trade finance and structured trade finance

Describe the roles, priorities and financial requirements of the three key players in the commodity supply chain.

Explain how commodity trading adds value to commodity flows beyond a buy/sell proposition.

Determine how banks should get organized to finance commodities.

Discuss the key differences between physical and pure financial commodity trading.


Access period

12 months


5 hours


Parent Certificate





Who should take this course?

This online course is designed for general practitioners working in banks, corporates, or financial institutions in functions such as relationship management, credit and compliance, but with an interest in trade finance.

Case studies

Learning is easier with practical examples and we've included a whole lesson dedicated to two case studies

Assessment questions

We've included 42 self-assessment questions so you can test what you have learned.



Jean-François Lambert

Founder and Managing Partner at Lambert Commodities

Jean-Francois is Founding Partner of Lambert Commodities, providing bespoke commodity trade and structured finance solutions to produces, traders and investors. Capitalising on his 34-year international experience, he is also advisor on industry trends, strategic positioning and regulatory issues.

Prior to this, Jean-Francois was Managing Director, Global Head of Commodity and Structured Trade Finance for HSBC Group. Under his leadership, HSBC became one of the major financial players supporting commodity supply chains. Jean-Francois was notably instrumental in in expanding HSBCs geographical presence to over 15 countries with a team of 160+ frontline specialists.

Advanced Commodity Finance - eCourse

Only USD $200
  • 12-months access to all 8 lessons. Repeat them as many times as you want.
  • Online and interactive - learn at your own pace
  • Two case studies and 42 assessment questions to test your knowledge
  • Downloadable and printable glossary for offline reference
  • Certificate of completion


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