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Increasing Role of the Internet Threatened by DDoS Attacks

Last week, a French hosting company experienced the largest Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack ever recorded. The attack was conducted by a... continue reading

CubeLogic Returns as an Independent Company

Four years after they were acquired by OpenLink, CubeLogic has returned to the market as an independent entity.  In speaking with OpenLink senior management about the divestment of... continue reading

Risk Edge Become Bronze Level Sponsors of CTRM Conference

Risk Edge has become a bronze level sponsor of the CTRM Conference. We thank them for their support of this event. Risk Edge... continue reading

Brady CAB Convenes in Stockholm: A Change in Strategy in the Offing?

I had never been to Stockholm or Sweden for that matter. So the invitation to speak at the Brady PLC CAB in Stockholm... continue reading

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Louis Dreyfus stems profit slide but commodity headwinds persist

Reuters – Agricultural trading giant Louis Dreyfus Company [AKIRAU.UL] eked out a small rise in 2016 first-half net profit, saying steady shipped volumes... continue reading

Marex Spectron Launches NEON Technology Platform for Commodity Traders

Financial Magnates – Marex Spectron, the London-based global commodities broker, today announced the launch of NEON Platform, a trading, risk and data platform... continue reading

OPEC agrees modest oil output curbs in first deal since 2008

(Reuters) By Rania El Gamal, Alex Lawler and Vladimir Soldatkin – OPEC agreed on Wednesday modest oil output cuts in the first such... continue reading

Fear of polar vortex repeat lifts U.S. natgas from doldrums

(Reuters) By Scott DiSavino –Fears that the coming winter will be as brutal as the polar vortex of two years ago has started... continue reading

Videos

Mr. Richard Williamson, CEO of Generation 10 Ltd

While in London, we also had the opportunity to talk to Mr. Richard Williamson, CEO of G10. With a 13-year history in the cotton and other Agricultural sectors, G10 has recently re-engineered its CTRM and other software to provide a web-enabled suite of solutions to its clients. I asked Mr. Williamson to give us a little background on his company, its history in... continue reading

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Blog

Increasing Role of the Internet Threatened by DDoS Attacks

Last week, a French hosting company experienced the largest Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack ever recorded. The attack was conducted by a botnet composed of at least 150,000 Internet of Things devices and it reached over 1Tbps. In fact, the company was hit by multiple attacks of over 100Gbps and of gradually increasing magnitude until reaching over 1Tbps. This type of attack is not a new thing, but the re-occurrence of this level of attack on key Internet infrastructure is leading industry analysts to raise the question ‘is some one learning how to take down the Internet?’ DDoS attacks are commonplace and the energy and utilities industry has certainly been targeted. A recent survey by analyst firm, Tripwire, of energy, utilities and gas industry IT staff showed... continue reading

CubeLogic Returns as an Independent Company

Four years after they were acquired by OpenLink, CubeLogic has returned to the market as an independent entity.  In speaking with OpenLink senior management about the divestment of CubeLogic, they indicated they made the move in order to focus more on their flagship products – which they believe is the best strategy, and in the best interest, for both their customers and investors. I spoke recently with Roderick Austin, now a partner in CubeLogic, about the once again independent company.  He noted that the group that had initially founded the company (including David Priestley and Lee Campbell) and most of the development team that were in place at the time of acquisition in 2012 have rejoined forces.  Of the split, he noted that both sides felt it... continue reading

Risk Edge Become Bronze Level Sponsors of CTRM Conference

Published 27 September 2016 - Risk Edge has become a bronze level sponsor of the CTRM Conference. We thank them for their support... continue reading

Brady CAB Convenes in Stockholm: A Change in Strategy in the Offing?

Published 26 September 2016 - I had never been to Stockholm or Sweden for that matter. So... continue reading

Raising the Next Generation of Commodity Traders

Published 21 September 2016 - It was the early ‘70s and I was done with the “kids games” of my youth. Chutes &... continue reading

Is European CTRM Demand Finally Picking Up?

Published 20 September 2016 - With significantly lower commodity prices, a plethora of new regulations to deal with, structural changes in the industry... continue reading

SAP Update: Rolling Out New Rural Sourcing Management Application

Published 19 September 2016 - I recently took a briefing call from SAP speaking with the VP... continue reading

The Technologically Fabulous and Economically Challenged World of Rare Earth Metals

Published 15 September 2016 - Perspective and point of reference is critical when making conversation.   For example,... continue reading

Gary Craze joins the CTRMCenter Blog

Published 14 September 2016 - We’re pleased to announce that longtime CTRM industry veteran, Gary Craze, has joined the CTRMCenter blog as a... continue reading

Brady Sees 5% Revenue Growth in Tough Market

Published 12 September 2016 - Highlights Brady PLC released its interim results for the 6-months through 30th June today. The company saw a... continue reading

News

Louis Dreyfus stems profit slide but commodity headwinds persist

Reuters – Agricultural trading giant Louis Dreyfus Company [AKIRAU.UL] eked out a small rise in 2016 first-half net profit, saying steady shipped volumes helped it weather another tough period in commodity markets. Louis Dreyfus has been grappling with ample supply, lower prices and slower economic growth that have cut margins, while also going through a leadership shake-up under main shareholder Margarita Louis-Dreyfus. The privately owned company said on Thursday that net income was $135 million compared with $130 million in the first half of 2015, with lower costs and tax offsetting weaker underlying profit. Operating profit for its business segments fell to $546 million from $638 million as net sales dropped to $23.5 billion from $26.4 billion. Unexpected capital inflows in commodities in the second quarter added... continue reading

Marex Spectron Launches NEON Technology Platform for Commodity Traders

Financial Magnates – Marex Spectron, the London-based global commodities broker, today announced the launch of NEON Platform, a trading, risk and data platform for commodity traders. Marex Spectron has combined three key proprietary services, NEON Trader, NEON Risk and NEON Data, together with flexible connectivity (NEON Connect), to offer traders a straightforward, single technology platform. NEON Mobile, a mobile device application, is also in the beta stage of development and is in line for a fourth quarter launch. NEON Trader NEON Trader provides traders with Direct Market Access to global commodity and financial exchanges. Additional functionality includes algorithmic commodity trading suites and intelligent execution options, leveraging off Marex Spectron’s proprietary research and knowledge in the... continue reading

OPEC agrees modest oil output curbs in first deal since 2008

Published 28 September 2016 - (Reuters) By Rania El Gamal, Alex Lawler and Vladimir Soldatkin – OPEC agreed on Wednesday modest oil output... continue reading

Fear of polar vortex repeat lifts U.S. natgas from doldrums

Published 26 September 2016 - (Reuters) By Scott DiSavino –Fears that the coming winter will be as brutal as the polar vortex of... continue reading

Tokyo Commodity Exchange (TOCOM) Goes Live on Nasdaq Trading Technology

Published 22 September 2016 - NEW YORK and TOKYO, Sept. 22, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nasdaq, Inc. (Nasdaq:NDAQ)... continue reading

Ancoa becomes a Trayport Certified Software Provider

Published 22 September 2016 - London, 22 September, 2016 Trayport, a leading provider of energy trading solutions to traders, brokers and exchanges worldwide,... continue reading

Top Singapore Based Utility Selects OATI Solutions for Commodity Trading and Risk Management Solution

Published 21 September 2016 - Minneapolis, MN – OATI is pleased to announce its first international contract... continue reading

Kynetix collaborates with Imperial College London to put blockchain theory into practice

Published 19 September 2016 - Kynetix, the leading provider of solutions which enable physical commodities to be... continue reading

CREMER Licenses Eka’s Insight CM – Agriculture Next-Generation CTRM Software

Published 19 September 2016 - STAMFORD, Conn., Sept. 19, 2016 — Eka Software Solutions, the leading global... continue reading

U.S. natural gas market rebalancing well underway: Kemp

Published 16 September 2016 - (Reuters) By John Kemp –The U.S. natural gas market is well on the way to rebalancing as unusually... continue reading

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PM markets: recovering macromarkets supports soft futures

Cotton and arabica futures rally as the stock market steadies, while spring wheat leads the grain complex higher Read More... continue reading

US supply data injects buzz into corn, spring wheat markets

Corn futures burst higher after the US unveils smaller-than-expected stocks, while a harvest downgrade sends the spring wheat premium soaring Read More... continue reading

Cost of transportation needs overhaul, opines food processing industry

With the country moving towards GST regime and expected countrywide implementation by April 2017, the issues related to taxation will get resolved but food processing industry... continue reading

FPI secretary briefs Rajasthan chief secretary about Greentech food park

Avinash K Srivastava, secretary, ministry of food processing industries (MoFPI), visited Jaipur, where he briefed Rajasthan’s chief secretary about the Greentech Mega Food Park Pvt Ltd,... continue reading

Expanded Panama Canal locks require a new look for old equipment

When it comes to transiting the new locks on the Panama Canal, not all ships are created equal. In the original configuration of the waterway, small... continue reading

Pipeline disruption leads to record gasoline stock changes in Southeast, Gulf Coast

The outage of Colonial Pipeline Line 1 between September 9 and September 21 resulted in record changes in motor gasoline stocks in both the Lower Atlantic... continue reading

More news from surveillance vendors

Following an announcement last week, Ancoa will be running a webinar on “MAR and surveillance for energy trading firms” on 19th October. Details can be found... continue reading

World winter wheat sowings for 2017 to defy weak prices – IGC

The IGC issues its first outlook on world winter wheat sowings, and EU rapeseed area, for the 2017 harvest – adding that weather has been “mixed”... continue reading

Industry Voices

Brexit: Passporting aside – regulatory considerations for firms providing investment services

Sophie Crisp, Manager, Risk and Compliance | 15 Jul 2016 Since the Brexit result, the focus for many has been on firms maintaining passporting rights... continue reading

The latest trends in near shoring / Human Capital

At a recent gathering of CIO’s from some of the commodities traders it became clear that ‘near shoring’ is again the flavor of the month.... continue reading

REMIT Reporting is nearly done – can we now forget about European regulation?

There are now only a few days to go until the second, and final, reporting deadline under REMIT, on 7th April. From that date, all... continue reading

The nu-clear Future

Researched and written by Paul Cassar of MJMEnergy Ltd – http://www.mjmenergy.com “Opponents of nuclear misread the science. It is safe and reliable. The challenge, as... continue reading

Key CTRM Recruitment Findings

Commoditas Partners has published its key CTRM Recruitment findings based on data collected through interviews with hiring managers of leading trading and investment companies, system... continue reading

CTRM Recruitment update with Carl Vellenoweth of Commoditas Partners

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

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?

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

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