Markets & Trading

About the online training programme

This training covers the fundamentals of ‘markets’ and ‘trading’. It touches on the basics of market working and covers the types of markets. Included are the basics of deal making and transacting.

Course contents

This training covers the following topics:

  • What is a market?
    • Buyers & sellers: suppliers & consumers, plus others
    • Spot vs. forward
  • Organisation of markets, products, pricing & trading
    • Standard vs. Non-standard products
    • Bilateral deals – Master agreement (legal framework for non-commercial terms)
  • Types of markets
    • Balancing markets, spot markets ((W)IDM, DAM) & forward markets
    • Auction & continuous market
  • Comparison: Commodity markets vs. Financial markets
  • Venues
    • On-venue & off-venue – OTC markets vs. exchange trading
      • Counterparty risk management – Collateralisation & Margining
      • Exchange rulebooks
  • Transacting
    • Deal making
      • Product, volume & price, plus terms (specifications)
  • Trading technicalities & strategies
  • Basic questions
    • Who?
      • Market participants & types of traders
    • What?
      • Products & trading activities
    • Why?
      • Reasons to enter into a contract; trading strategies
    • Where?
      • On-venue vs. off-venue; exchange & OTC trading
    • When?
      • Timing (spot vs. forward)
    • How?
      • On-site & online (live, platform, chat), plus tools (phone, squawk box)


“MAC’s courses are very suitable for our employees; good quality content is what we look for.”

Rob Veersma
Global Energy Community
“Really well structured and easy to follow content that is varied in delivery in order to keep the reader engaged. Looking forward to seeing more from the MAC in the future!”

Erika Rabadia
Manager Trading Surveillance

Our Labels

Entrima and Market Abuse Centre (MAC) are the two labels we operate to provide learning services for professionals in the commodity & energy markets.

Content & Context

Entrima’s mission is to transfer knowledge regarding the business, controls & operations of parties in (or relating to) the wholesale markets.

Conduct & Culture

MAC’s mission is to facilitate the prevention & detection of misconduct and to foster proper behaviour in organisations. This is achieved via training, periodic updates and increased awareness.

More information?
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Market Abuse Centre facilitates prevention & detection of market abuse. We set learning standards for minimum required knowledge and provide training accordingly.


We offer a comprehensive curriculum of online self-study training courses regarding a wide variety of topics.

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For more information please contact us on [email protected]
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