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Oxford Management Centre

Forecasting the Prices of Crude-oil, Natural-Gas and Refined Products

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Nov 18—29
12 days
Houston, Texas, United States
USD 13900
USD 1158 per day
Apr 6—17, 2020
New York, New York, United States
USD 13900
USD 13900 per day

Description

A critical component of decision-making in the energy industry deals with the aspect of “Whither oil prices?”: Where do we expect prices to move in the near- and distant-terms? Participants in the Energy Industry are constantly confronted with a wide range of information regarding current and prospective prices in their industry. Broadly, this data comes from analyses of supply-and-demand changes, geopolitical events and the financial markets, including the commodity markets.

While providing the requisite background on the economics of financial commodity markets, as well as the statistical tools required to understand them, this Oxford training course demonstrates how the financial and commodity markets provide useful information for the generation of “expected prices”, or forecast prices, in the critical areas of oil, natural-gas and refined products. In so doing, the course will also demonstrate the important distinction between valuation and risk / return analysis.

This Oxford training course on Forecasting the Prices of Crude-Oil, Natural-Gas and Refined Products will develop an understanding of pricing, risk management, asset valuation and derivatives within the energy markets:

  • Learn to use financial models to analyze and forecast energy prices; extrapolate forward prices beyond the liquidity tenor
  • Understand the risk of and return from futures and options contracts on energy commodities
  • Manage and optimize your organization’s energy risk exposure
  • Learn to estimate and calculate volatility in energy prices
  • Utilize real options theory to value energy assets; use information from futures / option prices to make optimal production decisions: Optimal timing for extraction, optimal rate at which to extract oil (gas) from a field; value oil fields, pipelines and storage facilities, power plants

Objectives The objectives of this Oxford training course are to provide a comprehensive introduction to the computation and application of forecast prices in the energy industry, with a focus on the oil, natural-gas and refined products segments. Inter alia, the course presents the basic statistical tools required to operationalize these concepts.

At the end of this Oxford training course, participants will learn to:

  • Use financial models to analyze and forecast energy prices; extrapolate forward prices beyond the liquidity tenor
  • Understand the risk of and return from futures and options contracts on energy commodities
  • Manage and optimize their corporations’ energy risk exposure
  • Estimate expected returns and calculate volatility in energy prices
  • Obtain a comprehensive understanding of the financial-economics techniques used to forecast prices
  • Apply option valuation techniques to the energy markets
  • Utilize real options theory to value energy assets; use information from futures / option prices to make optimal production decisions: Optimal timing for extraction, optimal rate at which to extract oil (gas) from a field; value oil fields, pipelines and storage facilities, power plants

Training Methodology

This Oxford training course will be presented through a combination of following methodologies:

  • Clear presentation of notes with the requisite supportive analytics
  • Detailed presentation of the relevant empirical regularities / stylized facts of the energy markets
  • Presentation of several case studies designed to exemplify the application of risk-management and valuation principles
  • Interspersed in the lectures are relevant problem-sets, designed to afford participants with the opportunity to apply the principles conveyed and see their implementation
  • Dissemination to and sharing with participants critical spreadsheets that will permit them to address issues within the course, as well as utilize these concepts once they have completed the course

Organisational Impact

From the perspective of the organization, this Oxford training course conveys to critical personnel the:

  • Computation and correct uses of price forecasts applicable to the energy industry
  • Application of concepts on risk and return on energy commodities
  • Manage and optimize their corporations’ energy risk exposure
  • Apply option valuation techniques to the energy markets
  • Understanding of the key elements of information conveyed by financial markets, and how to apply these to make better business decisions

Personal Impact

As a means of preparing individuals for the higher managerial rungs in their organization, the skills acquired in this Oxford training course include understanding the:

  • Main terminology used in the industry
  • Role of financial markets as efficient conveyors of information and assessors of risk
  • Valuation and role of futures contracts and swap agreements
  • Principles of option and derivative-claim valuation, hedging and uses
  • Necessary tools of financial-economics and statistics to forecast near and distant prices for oil, natural-gas and refined products
  • Means to utilize price forecasts to make better business decisions

Who should attend

This Oxford training course is suitable to a wide range of professionals but will greatly benefit individuals working in financial analysis, valuation, trading, risk management or quantitative analysis positions with oil and gas exploration companies; investment and commercial banking, consulting, and financial services firms in the energy sector; production and distribution companies; energy trading firms; and corporations outside the energy industry with a significant cost exposure to energy prices.

In terms of job titles, these individuals include:

  • Financial Analysts
  • Quantitative Analysts or Researchers
  • Energy Traders
  • Risk Managers
  • Commercial and Investment Bankers dealing with Commodities
  • Consultants in the Commodity Arena
  • Government and Regulatory Officials with responsibilities for the Energy Sector
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