Commodities 101 – The Fundamentals

An FWA Members-Only Session Presented by Wanda J. Bell, FWA Board Member and Commodities Consultant


Wanda J. Bell

Another special Members-Only course “Commodities 101 – the Fundamentals” designed for FWA Members, was led by Wanda J. Bell, Commodities Consultant and FWA Board Member. The at-capacity event was graciously hosted by President’s Circle firm, TIAA-CREF. In just under three hours, the group received high-level overviews of financial and physical commodities, participated in an engaging trading exercise and discussed current events relevant to the space.

The commodities course included:

  • Definition of capital markets and commodities
  • Physical and financial commodities
  • Market forces
  • Trading and logistics
  • Topical discussion on current events in the industry

Lively discussion during the program

The highlight of the evening was when participants role-played a physical cocoa trade, a lot of impromptu creativity was used negotiating the deal and transporting the products. The feedback from this 30 minute battle between market forces, weather and price fluctuations was overwhelmingly positive with one attendee noting how “exciting but nerve wracking” commodities trading and logistics really is.

FWA Leader Elena Gerasimova networking with FWA President Kimberly Weinrick

Additional Resources:

The CMEGroup

Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Agriculture news on line

Energy news on line

Women’s Council on Energy and Environment

Women’s Network for Energy, Environment and Transportation, Inc.

Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs Center on Global Energy Policy