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Agiboo – Latest Bronze Sponsor Of The 2015 CTRM Conference

Published by Gary Vasey
Commodity Technology Advisory is please to announce that Agiboo has become a bronze sponsor of the 2015 CTRM Conference to be held on October 22nd at the Thistle Marble Arch Hotel. Agiboo BV, headquartered in The Netherlands, is a provider of commodity trade and risk management solutions with a focus on agricultural... continue reading

ComTech Needs You and Your Opinion!

Published by Gary Vasey
Yes, we do need your opinion. Right now, we are seeking end users of E/CTRM software to fill out just a short survey on buying versus building E/CTRM software. It won’t take long and we will create a final report that you will be able to download for FREE. Yes, we do want your email but only so we can verify that you are a valid... continue reading

Just Exactly What Does Climate Denier Mean?

Published by Gary Vasey
If there is one thing that really gets up my nose it is the smug and throw away comment ‘Climate Change Denier’ once again used by President Obama.... continue reading

Paragon and the Energy Credit Risk Marketplace

Published by Patrick Reames
I sat down with Paragon Consulting’s president, Kevin Gerold, and  SVP of sales and services, Jason Wells, last week to get their take on the current state of... continue reading

Turning The Corner?

Published by Gary Vasey
Jim Rogers was quoted yesterday saying.. “As far as commodities are concerned, it’s about supply and demand, and you’re having huge cutbacks in supply. We’re already having supply problems in some agricultural products and we’re going to... continue reading

With FIS’s acquisition of SunGard, what happens to SunGard Energy?

Published by Patrick Reames
Last week’s announcement that Fidelity National Information Services (FIS) has agreed to purchase SunGard does raise some questions as to the implications for... continue reading

CTRM Videos

CTRM Videos

Dick Couron – CEO, Trilogy Effective Software Solutions, Inc.

In this episode of Conversations with Leaders in CTRM Technology, we visit with Mr. Dick Couron, CEO of Trilogy Effective Software Solutions. Mr. Couron discusses recent developments at his company, the current market for solutions in the up and midstream market segments and his view of emerging technology market trends.... continue reading

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Why is nickel trading like it’s 2008?

Published 3 September 2015 - (Reuters) by Andy Home – On the London Metal Exchange (LME) benchmark nickel for three-month delivery is currently trading around $10,000 per tonne. Which, as with all the other industrial metals traded on the LME, is the lowest it has been since the Global Financial Crisis in 2008-2009. But whereas the likes of copper and aluminum are still comfortably above the troughs recorded during the worst of the manufacturing meltdown that followed the financial meltdown, nickel is actually there. Nickel hit a low of $9,100 during its “flash crash” of Aug. 12, within spitting distance of the low of $8,850 recorded in October 2009, the month after the fateful “Lehman Moment”. It’s an extraordinary outcome for a metal which, unlike most of the rest of the LME... continue reading

Battle for survival in the new global aluminum market: Andy Home

Published 2 September 2015 - (Reuters) by Andy Home – Aluminum producers’ pain is becoming acute. Again. U.S. producer Century Aluminum warned last week it would begin shuttering its Hawesville smelter in Kentucky in October “unless the current pricing environment substantially improves”. Barring some sort of miraculous divine intervention, the number of operating smelters in the United States looks set to fall to just seven from 13 prior to the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) of 2008-2009. And more cuts will have to come, given a consensus view, even among producers, that the aluminum market is both in current over-supply and burdened by the dead weight of legacy stocks from past over-supply. But will Century’s actions make any difference? After all, we’ve been here before. Overshadowed by its announcement on Hawesville was Century’s... continue reading

The End of the Commodity Super Cycle

Published 1 September 2015 - Shelley Goldberg The recent decline in commodity prices resembles a downhill mountain biking expedition. The price drop has... continue reading

Oil Caps Biggest Three-Day Gain Since 1990 as OPEC Ready to Talk

Published 31 August 2015 - (Bloomberg) by Mark Shenk – Oil capped the biggest three-day gain in 25 years after OPEC said it’s ready... continue reading

GlobalView Integrates Refinery News Alerts From Energy News Today

Published 31 August 2015 - (Marketwired) – GlobalView, the developer of MarketView®, an enterprise-wide market data solution... continue reading

Looking for a Commodity That’s Rising? Try Pollution Permits

Published 28 August 2015 - Alessandro Vitelli There’s one corner of the commodities markets bucking the slump... continue reading

Factbox – For commodity trading advisors, oil’s downtrend has been a friend

Published 28 August 2015 - NEW YORK (Reuters) – The nearly two-month-long slide in oil prices to... continue reading

NYMEX Block Trades and Seasonal Chart Enhancements Part of MarketView® Desktop™ 6.5 Release

Published 27 August 2015 - CHICAGO, IL–(Marketwired) GlobalView, a premier provider of enterprise-wide market data solutions for... continue reading

Olam Jumps by Most in Six Years Before Halting Shares From Trade

Published 27 August 2015 - Yuriy Humber Olam International Ltd. surged by the most in six years in Singapore before the commodity trading... continue reading

New Aspect Partner Adds Energy Trade And Risk Consultancy And Regional Business Knowledge

Published 26 August 2015 - Leading cloud E/CTRM vendor Aspect today announces the signing of a partnership... continue reading

Commodity Technology Advisory LLC Publications

sourcebook 2015
Sourcebook 2015
Download: Sourcebook 2015

The 2015 Commodity Technology Advisory LLC (ComTech) CTRM Software Sourcebook is designed to be a useful and usable resource to help those seeking information as to the capabilities and coverage of products within the CTRM software category. It is a starting point in the product selection process - a mid-level guide to allow the reader to develop a long list of vendors that have high potential capabilities in terms of functional and commodity coverage meet the specific needs of CTRM market participants. It is NOT intended to be a replacement for a formal selection process - CTRM software is simply too complex to be selected properly without utilizing a programmatic selection process. Our intention in developing the CTRM Sourcebook is to inform the reader of a wide universe of vendors and products, and allow companies seeking a new system to compile a list of vendors that may include some that might not have otherwise been considered, or that they may not have even previously been aware of.

Each Vendor and Product listing is arranged according to the same format for clarity and ease of use. Each listing (sorted alphabetically by vendor name) is comprised of:

  • The name of the vendor and contact information
  • A graphic showing the distribution of current clients by geography
  • A graphic showing client distribution by common industry segment
  • ComTech Advisory research highlights regarding the vendor and product,
  • A graphical matrix providing an overview of the product's capabilities, by function (vertical axis), by commodity (horizontal axis),
  • Company and product information comprised from a variety of sources including vendor’s submitted company and product description,
  • Vendor’s office locations,
  • Total installed base by licensed customer companies,
  • A representative list of users of the product,
  • Deployment methods of the highlighted product(s),
  • Office locations and contact phone numbers.

The product functionality and commodity coverage charts are easily readable and provide mid-level information about each vendor’s product capabilities.

ComTech’s methodology for constructing the Sourcebook was to distribute a spreadsheet and questionnaire for data collection. The majority of all vendors in the space were invited to submit their information for publication. Those that did wish to participate completed the entire questionnaire, including identifying by commodity and function (or feature) whether their software had 1) capabilities that were in use by a current user, 2) capabilities not currently used by a client or 3) provided no capabilities in each function/commodity combination. These were reviewed and edited by ComTech to ensure all vendors conformed to the same standard, and adjustments were made to some vendor responses to ensure consistency amongst all respondents. The information submitted by the vendors was used, in large part, to complete the vendor/product listing, along with information collected in other ComTech surveys and research. The final listings were compiled by ComTech analysts.

For information on CTRM vendors that elected to not participate in the production of this SourceBook, please visit http://www.CTRMCenter.com/ctrmdirectory/

European Regulations – REMIT Reporting Services and Solutions
European Regulations – REMIT Reporting Services and Solutions

The Regulation of the wholesale Energy Market Integrity and Transparency (REMIT) came into force in December 2011, twenty days after the “Level 1” text was passed by the European Parliament. The main purpose behind REMIT is to outlaw market abuse in the wholesale gas and power market in Europe. REMIT is part of the “third package” of rules that are intended to move the EU towards a single wholesale market.

REMIT applies to all physical and financial trades, and also includes LNG where the supply is intended for the EU network.

Anyone who executes a trade for delivery inside the EU is subject to the rules, no matter where in the world they are based. In this sense REMIT is distinct from many financial regulations. REMIT is enforced by National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs), who are local energy regulators. For example, Ofgem enforce REMIT in the GB market using specifically drafted UK regulation which has extended their powers of enforcement (Northern Ireland is covered by the “Utility Regulator”). The entire effort is coordinated on an EU wide basis by ACER, the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators.

Analyst Note - Eka Commodity Analytics Cloud

Eka recently announced a new product line, separate and apart from their other product offerings based on the InSight CM platform. This new product, Commodity Analytics Cloud, does represent a departure from other commodity management products on the market and we believe it potentially represents a new software category within the CTRM marketplace. As such, we are providing this Analyst Briefing Note update to provide some of our early views.

For a more complete coverage of Eka, including a corporate overview, strategy discussion and products overview, by ComTech analysts, please refer to our most recently updated ComTech Analyst Briefing Note released in November 2014.

Eka recently announced the release of a new product that it terms the Commodity Analytics Cloud. According to the company, the goal of the new application is to accelerate information flow and analysis for commodity trading and commodity management companies. The solution crosses several categories of technology and software, including integration solutions, BI tools, analytics, Big Data solutions, data cubes and cloud offerings; and as such, it’s a product that is difficult to slot in any single existing solution category.

CTRM Community

China worries to take fizz out of malting barley premiums

Published by agrimoney
Premiums over feed barley could fall to half typical levels, hurt by a dip in Chinese beer drinking and some above-forecast crops, Evergrain says Read More... continue reading

AM markets: wheat extends decline, despite some reservations

Published by agrimoney
Some investors see the drop in wheat prices to four-year lows as overcooked. Still, they are outvoted by market bears. Corn and cotton ease too Read... continue reading

Questioning the path of US crude oil exports through Congress

Published by Platts Blog
When Congress returns to Capitol Hill on September 8, the expectation is that lawmakers in the House and Senate will have just over three months to... continue reading

FSSAI seeks legal assistance for framing Product Approval regulations

Published by Food and Beverage News
Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued a public notice for engagement of legal assistance for framing regulations for FSSAI with regard to... continue reading

Hyderabad to host 4th edition of Dairy Show 2015 with live animal display

Published by Food and Beverage News
The 4th edition of Dairy Show 2015, one of the leading dairy shows in south India, is being organised at Hitex in Hyderabad, from September 5... continue reading

PM markets: wheat slides on global competion, sugar rallies

Published by agrimoney
The prospect of overseas competition weighed on wheat prices, while sugar rallied on weather fears and Chinese imports Read More... continue reading

China to turn net cotton, wheat exporter – but coffee imports to boom

Published by agrimoney
The major commodity consuming country will by 2020 see sharp differences in its trade pattern of ags, from palm oil to coffee, says Barclays Read More... continue reading

REMIT showdown

Published by ETR Advisory
See here for an article by Gordon Allott of Broadpeak, which provides an insight into some of the goings on in the world of REMIT. The... continue reading

Industry Voices

CTRM Recruitment update with Carl Vellenoweth of Commoditas Partners

Published by Carl Vellenoweth
Spike in LNG CTRM skills Over the last 18 months there’s been an increasing number of multi-national and national oil companies setting up trading hubs,... continue reading

Iron Ore: swapping the physical for the paper trade

Published by Ami Katschinski
By Ami Katschinski, Trayport’s Head of Global Commodities, offers his views on the future of the global iron ore market The iron ore markets have... continue reading

Are you ready for the digital revolution of recruitment?

Published by Carl Vellenoweth
Every good company knows that it’s most important asset is its staff, right? That a good hire can keep a business afloat through low points... continue reading

November CTRM recruitment update with Carl Vellenoweth

Published by Carl Vellenoweth
In this month’s article, I would like to cover the involvement of social media, CTRM recruitment, and the growing demand for Metals CTRM talent. As... continue reading

Bets on crude surge ahead of OPEC meet

Published by Gary Vasey
MUMBAI: November 27 meet to decide on whether to cut crude output Retail level traders and professional speculators have been raising wagers on crude oil... continue reading

REMIT Emerges – The Rise of Transaction Surveillance in the Energy Industry

Published by Yasmine Li
Introduction In a world of ever increasing globalisation, markets which were once discrete have become increasingly interlinked and none more so than the wholesale energy... continue reading

October CTRM Recruitment Trends with Carl Vellenoweth

Published by Carl Vellenoweth
Post CTRM Conference Feedback In this months article, I would like to echo some of the topics mentioned at this years CTRM Conference in London,... continue reading

September Recruitment Update by Carl Vellenoweth

Published by Carl Vellenoweth
Nowadays, the recruitment market has a somewhat tarnished reputation along with other services within this sector. A good parallel example are the system integrators with... continue reading


  • Commodity Technology Advisory is the leading analyst organization covering the ETRM and CTRM markets. We provide the invaluable insights into the issues and trends affecting the users and providers of the technologies that are crucial for success in the constantly evolving global commodities markets. Our team is headed by Patrick Reames and Gary Vasey, a team whose combined 60-plus years in the energy and commodities markets provides depth of understanding of the market and its issues that is unmatched and unrivaled by any analyst group.
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