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Oxford Management Centre

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

Available dates

Apr 6—17, 2020
10 days
New York, New York, United States
USD 13900
USD 1390 per day
Nov 16—27, 2020
10 days
Houston, Texas, United States
USD 13900
USD 1390 per day


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About the course

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.

Seminar Objective

  • 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

Seminar Outline

  • Forecasting the Prices of Oil, Natural-Gas and Refined Products
  • The Current State of the Equity and Commodity Markets
  • Forward, Futures and Swap Contracts in Energy Markets
  • The Statistics of the Price Processes in Energy Markets
  • Option Pricing
  • Energy Derivative Products: The Role of Structuring, Calibration, Valuation and Hedging in Profitable Market-Making
  • A Primer on the Interest-Rate Markets

Who should attend

This Oxford course is suitable to a wide range of professionals, with no audience more appropriate than those employed in, or as regulators of, large petroleum companies. More broadly, the course is designed to 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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