Thank goodness for virtual delivery. Last week’s London Metal Exchange’s “Introduction to Cash-settled Futures” was able to go ahead despite the trainer testing positive for Covid. This 3-hour course is specifically designed for those keen to learn more about the cash-settled contracts offered by the LME, but it also an excellent brief introduction for anyone interested in learning how to apply futures contracts to manage metal price risk.
Together or separate?
The LBMA’s introductory courses on the loco London market are designed as two independent modules, which can be taken consecutively or independently. Last week’s courses saw over half of the attendees on the first module continue straight to the second module. The remaining attendees on the “How to use loco London” course had all previously attended the “Introduction to loco London”. It was wonderful to see so many returning for more training. It is a clear indication that the courses are fulfilling a need.
It is absolutely not a prerequisite to complete the first module in order to join the second. So, what suits you best? A two-day deep dive, or one day followed by a refresher and more advanced material a few months later?
“Excellent mix of lecturing and workshop activities, with enough breaks to allow me to follow for a full day”
“Expertly delivered – pitched at an appropriate level and very engaging”
“Understanding was possible at all levels of English”
Follow this link to secure your place.
Going, going, …. not gone
“Good mix of theory and practice (through examples, quiz, discussion, ….), in an interactive environment. At last, also good fun!”
“I really appreciated being able to ask questions along the way”
Can you bake muffins?
Last week’s London Bullion Market Association (“LBMA”) training course did not turn into the Great British Bake Off, but one participant said that explanations on the course made understanding the loco London market and applying derivatives “as easy as following a muffin recipe”.
“Overall, this was an excellently structured and delivered course.”
“Easy to understand (even for non-native speakers).”
“Very satisfied that I took this course and would recommend it to someone else.”
If you would like to improve your skills, “An Introduction to Loco London” and “How to Use Loco London” are next scheduled to run on 9th and 10th June 2022 respectively. Follow this link to secure your place.
Is there a question?
Attendees on last week’s London Metal Exchange / Euromoney Learning courses took full advantage of the interactive nature of these sessions to ask all sorts of questions about the LME. Any time there was a pause, there was always someone there with a question. At the end of the course, one of the quieter participants note how much more they had learned from the extra explanations. If you have any questions about the LME and it’s products, why not attend a course and get the answers.
“Was really impressed with the trainer and the format of the course. Even though it was online you still felt like you were in a room of people.”
“Even on a virtual environment there has been a successful capacity to handle moment of tiredness with fun and education.”
Seeking knowledge or inspiration?
On the London Metal Exchange (“LME”) courses you never know who will be on the course with you. This week’s “Introduction to LME Cash-settled futures” had excellent representation across geographies (Africa, Europe and the US), across metals (steel, lithium and base metals) and across industry sectors (recyclers, refiners, traders and construction). A surprise attendee was a US based artist who uses metals in their sculptures. Discussions around the main topics were full of helpful insights particularly from the price reporting agencies. All too quickly, time was up and the trainer had to call time when it looked like several side deals might be concluded there and then.
And the verdict?
- 100% found the level of the course was just right
- 100% will use what they learned immediately
And we look forward to seeing the artwork inspired by the day.
Whatever your motivation, why not set aside time in your diary to join the next session on 17th June 2022?
Cash is king
This week’s London Metal Exchange (“LME”) / Euromoney Learning webinar took a look at cash-settled futures which use price reporting agencies to determine the final cash settlement amount. It included an in-depth look at the front-month contract and explains why the front-month quote can differ from spot prices in the physical market.
“All very clearly explained!”
If you missed it, links to all the webinars in this series are here. To learn more about these contacts, why not join the half-day course on 9th February 2022.
Last week’s London Bullion Market Association (“LBMA”) training courses got rave reviews despite a few hiccups along the way. A brief internet outage dumped the trainer out, and the builder next door starting to cut through concrete slabs drowning out all conversation.
The attendees were superb throughout. While the trainer was getting reorganised, one shared their personal experiences of being part of the gold fixing, the forerunner to the current LBMA price process. And we all laughed at the willingness of the builder to stop work early on a Friday afternoon so that we could complete our leasing workshop.
“The workshops helped understanding tremendously”
“The training was delivered professionally, with knowledge and with a human touch”
“An Introduction to Loco London” and “How to Use Loco London” are scheduled to run on 22nd and 23rd February 2022 respectively. Follow this link to secure your place.
Last week the London Metal Exchange (“LME”) ran their new “Introduction to Cash-Settled Futures” course for the first time. Places filled up quickly with an impressive geographical spread of attendees from Malaysia to New York.
The focus of this course is on the cash-settled futures contracts introduced by the LME in more recent years, where the final settlement price is determined by a Price Reporting Agency (“PRA”). The three-hour session combines theory with several practical examples, and encourages questions and discussions of real life situations.
“It was fun and interactive session”
“My understanding on the LME and futures has been significantly improved”
Lights, camera, action!
Our first batch of online on-demand videos about commodity derivatives are now live on the Finance Unlocked platform. Check out the excellent graphics which certainly engage and hold attention.