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About This Course

This course provides an understanding of commodities and natural resources, illustrating their crucial role within investment portfolios. You will learn about diverse natural resource investments and their unique characteristics, emphasizing the key terms and concepts needed to apply these insights to real-world scenarios. This course will help you understand the valuation of commodities, equities, and bonds, and the impact of supply and demand on commodity prices, while considering sustainability, ethics, and regulation in these sectors.

Course modules include:

  • Module 1: Introduction and Terminology
  • Module 2: How to Invest in Commodities and Natural Resources
  • Module 3: Factors Affecting Commodity and Natural Resources Prices
  • Module 4: Practitioner Perspectives

This course is part of the Private Markets and Alternative Investments Certificate.


This course is part of a private markets and alternative investment series. It is suggested, but not required, that learners complete the courses in the recommended order below to ensure uniform foundational knowledge.

Recommended order:

  • Introduction to Private Markets and Alternative Investments
  • Private Equity and Private Credit Investments
  • Real Estate and Infrastructure Inavestments
  • Commodities and Natural Resources Investments
  • Hedge Fund Investments

What You’ll Learn

Upon completion of this online course you will be able to:

  • Compare the characteristics of different commodity and natural resources sectors and understand their life cycles from production to consumption.
  • Understand the types of participants, returns and risks in commodity futures markets and analyze the relationship between spot and futures prices.
  • Understand the use of commodity derivatives, such as futures and swaps, to obtain or modify exposures to commodities and evaluate their risk and return implications.

Topics Covered

  • Alternative Assets
  • Investment Products and Asset Classes


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Private Markets and Alternative Investments Certificate

Understand key features and differences between private equity, private credit, real estate and infrastructure, commodities, and hedge funds.

USD 890.00

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Real Estate and Infrastructure Investments

Gain valuable insights into the roles played by real estate and infrastructure investments in multi-asset portfolios.

USD 279.00

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Hedge Fund Investments

Understand the features of hedge funds, their structures, their risk and return profiles, and diversification benefits of hedge fund investments.

USD 279.00