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What Happened to Peak Oil?

About a decade ago, the peak oil concept was very popular. The argument went that oil was a... continue reading

A Trip To London – An Emerging Technology Theme

Last week, both Patrick and I were in London. It was a busy week and we managed to visit a lot of people... continue reading

OpenLink rolls-out their Cloud Strategy

OpenLink rolled out their comprehensive cloud strategy earlier this week, announcing the culmination of more than a year’s investment and effort in engineering and optimizing their products to... continue reading

Viruses, Worms, and Other Strange Internet Creatures

A few years ago, I was in charge of the operations of a power trading in firm in Prague reporting to the Board... continue reading

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OPEC oil cut extension renews Asia’s crude supply worries

The OPEC-led decision to extend a production cut to March 2018 disappointed financial investors, prompting an exit from oil futures markets, while refiners... continue reading

U.S. crude inventories slump amid near record refining: EIA

By David Gaffen U.S. crude oil inventories fell for the seventh straight week as refiners processed a near record amount of crude last... continue reading

Moody’s downgrades China, warns of fading financial strength as debt mounts

By John Ruwitch and Yawen Chen | SHANGHAI/BEIJING Moody’s Investors Service downgraded China’s credit ratings on Wednesday for... continue reading

FIS to Sell Majority Interest in Capco Consulting Business to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., and NEW YORK, NY, May 23, 2017 – FIS™ (NYSE: FIS), a global leader in financial... continue reading

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What Happened to Peak Oil?

About a decade ago, the peak oil concept was very popular. The argument went that oil was a finite resource and that the peak output level and decline was shortly to arrive as demand exceeded supply. A number of people even expanded on this basically accusing the Saudis of ‘lying’ about their reserves and painting a very dim picture of future supply/demand. At the time, I argued and wrote that this peak oil theory was simply nonsense as it neglected two very important things – economics and human ingenuity. On the former point, the peak of oil recovery will show a relationship to the price of oil and on the second, we humans have a habit of being opportunistic and inventive so that I expected new recovery methods and new plays to be found offsetting and delaying... continue reading

A Trip To London – An Emerging Technology Theme

Last week, both Patrick and I were in London. It was a busy week and we managed to visit a lot of people in the industry over the course of the week. One recurrent theme that we picked up was changing technology. Whether discussions about the impact of blockchain over lunch, or the impact of cloud on CTRM, each meeting seemed to have a strong technology theme to it. This even seemed echoed ion the OpenLink announcement of their cloud strategy. The industry is changing very quickly – perhaps too quickly. At a dinner we attended on Tuesday night, the discussion was all about technology but also about still needing to get some of the basics right. If I put data in, how do I get the... continue reading

OpenLink rolls-out their Cloud Strategy

Published 18 May 2017 - OpenLink rolled out their comprehensive cloud strategy earlier this week, announcing the culmination of more than a year’s... continue reading

Viruses, Worms, and Other Strange Internet Creatures

Published 15 May 2017 - A few years ago, I was in charge of the operations of a power trading in firm in... continue reading

A Bit More on RFPs

Published 12 May 2017 - This week’s humorous blog by David Calmonson on the sales process for CTRM software made me think about writing about... continue reading

Request For Quotation

Published 10 May 2017 - To be or not to be. To bid or not to bid. There’s two quotes to start with! 20th July... continue reading

No, coffee is not the second-most traded commodity after oil

Published 9 May 2017 - In a world now apparently filled with fake news – I thought this interesting – fact checking on... continue reading

Speculators In Oil Keep Getting It Wrong

Published 5 May 2017 - At the end of last November, I wrote about my skepticism around OPEC’s ability to control oil prices.... continue reading

Where Is The Discussion?

Published 4 May 2017 - CTRMcenter is a highly visited website with more than 500 visits per day on average through the week. Some of... continue reading

Is Coal Now on Life Support?

Published 3 May 2017 - I noticed that yesterday, a number of US-based news outlets picked up on some European news around Coal.... continue reading

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OPEC oil cut extension renews Asia’s crude supply worries

The OPEC-led decision to extend a production cut to March 2018 disappointed financial investors, prompting an exit from oil futures markets, while refiners in Asia were mostly concerned with whether it meant they would need to go hunting for crude. In Vienna, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and some non-OPEC producers on Thursday extended a pledge to cut 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd) of output until the end of the first quarter of 2018. Financial traders did not like what they heard, thinking it meant an ongoing oil glut. “The market voted with its feet”, investment bank Jefferies said, dragging crude futures CLc1 LCOc1 down 5 percent to near $50 a barrel. [O/R] In physical markets, however, where tankers can take weeks or... continue reading

U.S. crude inventories slump amid near record refining: EIA

By David Gaffen U.S. crude oil inventories fell for the seventh straight week as refiners processed a near record amount of crude last week, the Energy Information Administration said on Wednesday, even as gasoline and distillate stockpiles also dipped. Crude inventories fell 4.4 million barrels in the week ended May 19, more than analysts’ forecasts of a 2.4 million-barrels decline. At 516.3 million barrels, U.S. crude inventories were the smallest since mid-February, a sign that OPEC’s efforts to reduce world supply are starting to have an effect in the United States, the world’s largest oil consumer. The data comes one day before the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, along with non-member nations, are scheduled to decide whether to extend its agreement to cut world supply, an... continue reading

Moody’s downgrades China, warns of fading financial strength as debt mounts

Published 24 May 2017 - By John Ruwitch and Yawen Chen | SHANGHAI/BEIJING Moody’s Investors Service downgraded... continue reading

FIS to Sell Majority Interest in Capco Consulting Business to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

Published 23 May 2017 - JACKSONVILLE, Fla., and NEW YORK, NY, May 23, 2017 – FIS™ (NYSE:... continue reading

RPT-Commodity traders, banks face hard realities with game-changing blockchain

Published 23 May 2017 - By Eric Onstad LONDON, May 22 Alistair Cross was flying high after... continue reading

DataGenic celebrates 15 Years in Business

Published 23 May 2017 - London, 23rd May 2017 –DataGenic Ltd has reached a significant milestone, celebrating 15 years in business. From the... continue reading

NUMIDIA steps forward, decides positive for DycoTrade

Published 22 May 2017 - Numidia BV, The Netherlands has decided to implement DycoTrade for their Commodity Trade Business. DycoTrade in their turn... continue reading

INATECH INCREASES ITS PRESENCE IN THE MIDDLE EAST BY SIGNING ON ALCHEMIST TRADING

Published 19 May 2017 - Inatech, the energy trading risk management (ETRM) systems provider owned by Glencore,... continue reading

TEC sign up to the Energy Risk VuePoint service from VuePoint Solutions

Published 16 May 2017 - Birmingham, 16th May 2017 – TEC has announced that it will utilise... continue reading

Solaris Commodities Licenses Eka’s InSight CM – Agriculture Software

Published 16 May 2017 - Cloud delivered solution to provide greater visibility into operations to better manage... 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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