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Coal Trading Curriculum

Developing and cultivating industry standards is a vital aspect of the American Coal Council's core mission. The organization has long advocated the establishment of commercial trading standards as a paramount concern when seeking to create market liquidity. In keeping with this mission, the Association has developed a curriculum for those wanting to enter the field of commodities trading in coal. In this curriculum you will be provided an excellent foundation that will provide you the tools necessary to enter the field or to expand your skills if you are already involved in coal trading. 

What You’ll Learn in the Training Materials

The training manual for this class, available only to ACC members, covers the basics of coal trading:the traded coal products,

  • the types of trading instruments (forward contracts, swaps, options, basis trades),

  • identifying and managing risk,

  • understanding forward curves, and

  • establishing a trading function in your organization.

The ACC is in the process of making this training program a virtual experience. Topics covered include the following

    • coal commodities and trading platforms,
    • hedging strategies for producers and generators,
    • swaps and physical indexation,
    • futures and options,
    • time, quality, and location spreads,
    • settlements process, and
    • credit and contract language.

Coal Trading FAQs

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