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A Kilowatt for Your Thoughts…

“A kilowatt for your thoughts dear…”, said Jane Smith as her husband peered intently at a 3D holo-advertisement for the latest model of the Hover SUV 550.  John... continue reading

CIO Article Asks Traceability Questions

I just found an interesting article in CIO magazine for December that although its a sponsored article, asks some interesting questions about ERP systems in the Food and... continue reading

Allegro enjoys a successful 2016 despite a challenging market

I was in Dallas recently to meet with Allegro’s senior management team for a briefing on the company’s recent activities, their 2016 results... continue reading

Russia Engaged in Anti-Fracking Campaigns?

Hidden inside the recent report on Russian meddling in the US election is something rather interesting. In fact, it’s been hinted at for a couple of years and... continue reading

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‘Dubai Effect’ Takes AspectCTRM Over Middle East Sales Target Line

January 20, 2016 The city of Dubai is the backdrop against which commodity trade and risk management (CTRM) vendor Aspect won four landmark... continue reading

Bulgaria, Macedonia discuss coupling of day-ahead power markets

SOFIA (Bulgaria), January 19 – The Independent Bulgarian Energy Exchange (IBEX) said it is discussing with representatives of the Electricity Transmission System Operator... continue reading

Big Oil back on the acquisition trail as outlook brightens

By Ron Bousso | LONDON The world’s top oil companies are back in acquisition mode, targeting smaller exploration and development firms to boost... continue reading

OPEC output cuts under scrutiny as market tightens: IEA

By Christopher Johnson | LONDON World oil markets are slowly tightening as demand rises while investors wait to see if production cuts agreed... continue reading

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A Kilowatt for Your Thoughts…

“A kilowatt for your thoughts dear…”, said Jane Smith as her husband peered intently at a 3D holo-advertisement for the latest model of the Hover SUV 550.  John Smith waved for his wife to come see his dream vehicle.  “Look sweetheart, it’s only 500 kWh a month!” he exclaimed.  Rolling her eyes, she shook her head and replied in an exasperated voice.  “John Hubertus Smith, you know very well I said no new car until Sally’s nano-braces are done.  The dentist is charging us almost 200 kWh a month until her teeth are straight.” John sighed and tapped his virtual tablet floating in the air next to him.  “But we’ve got nearly 10,000 kWh in our battery bank at the credit union”, he whined in a bid to bring her around to having that shiny new SUV... continue reading

CIO Article Asks Traceability Questions

I just found an interesting article in CIO magazine for December that although its a sponsored article, asks some interesting questions about ERP systems in the Food and Beverage space. Food and beverage manufacturers are facing tougher challenges than ever before. Massive food recalls have led to an unquenchable demand for greater inventory traceability, visibility and precision in the global food supply chain, it says. I think the same sorts of questions could very well be asked about your CTRM or Commodity Management Solution too… Here are some of the points it makes – 1. Your ability to accurately track individual lots, bins, or packages as they flow through processing and distribution steps is critical when it comes to responding to recalls, or even mock recalls. 2.... continue reading

Allegro enjoys a successful 2016 despite a challenging market

Published 13 January 2017 - I was in Dallas recently to meet with Allegro’s senior management team for a briefing on the company’s... continue reading

Russia Engaged in Anti-Fracking Campaigns?

Published 10 January 2017 - Hidden inside the recent report on Russian meddling in the US election is something rather interesting. In fact,... continue reading

Beacon – A cloud-based financial platform comprising trading and risk tools

Published 9 January 2017 - Just before Christmas, I had a demonstration from a company called Beacon.... continue reading

Traceability May Be The Hot Issue For 2017

Published 6 January 2017 - Traceability is rapidly becoming or is already a major issue for many commodities. The widely accepted definition of... continue reading

The Obama Administration’s parting shot at the bald eagle

Published 5 January 2017 - As I’ve mentioned it this blog before, I enjoy getting out and shooting photographs of birds and wildlife. ... continue reading

Attention Consultants and Integrators!

Published 4 January 2017 - The list of consulting firms and Integrators offering services in and around CTRM software will be updated between... continue reading

Happy New Year!

Published 3 January 2017 - We wish all of our readers a Happy and prosperous New Year!... continue reading

As we near the end of the year…

Published 21 December 2016 - I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish all our customers, colleagues and industry friends the very... continue reading

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‘Dubai Effect’ Takes AspectCTRM Over Middle East Sales Target Line

January 20, 2016 The city of Dubai is the backdrop against which commodity trade and risk management (CTRM) vendor Aspect won four landmark new contracts in 2016 for its market information portal and trade and risk management cloud solution – deals which on their own exceeded the company’s multi-million dollar sales target for the entire Middle East. In part the wins highlight how enlightened UAE government policy is continuing to boost Dubai as an entrepreneurial hot house in which new sectors such as trading can flourish. They also highlight how the global shift to the cloud-based CTRM delivery model pioneered by Aspect is continuing to accelerate, with legacy vendors increasingly failing to win license renewals,... continue reading

Bulgaria, Macedonia discuss coupling of day-ahead power markets

SOFIA (Bulgaria), January 19 – The Independent Bulgarian Energy Exchange (IBEX) said it is discussing with representatives of the Electricity Transmission System Operator of Macedonia, MEPSO, and the Macedonian regulator the possibility of coupling the two countries’ day-ahead power markets. “If an agreement is reached regarding common steps and priorities in this area, a memorandum of cooperation should be signed,” IBEX told SeeNews in an email. Generally, prices on coupled markets reflect as closely as possible aggregate power supply and demand on the day-ahead markets of two adjacent market areas, IBEX noted. Prices of power supplies per hour on coupled markets are closer than in market areas where the day-ahead markets function in isolated mode. IBEX was established in January 2014 as a fully-owned subsidiary of the... continue reading

Big Oil back on the acquisition trail as outlook brightens

Published 19 January 2017 - By Ron Bousso | LONDON The world’s top oil companies are back in acquisition mode, targeting smaller exploration... continue reading

OPEC output cuts under scrutiny as market tightens: IEA

Published 19 January 2017 - By Christopher Johnson | LONDON World oil markets are slowly tightening as demand rises while investors wait to... continue reading

ZE Implements Risk Management Solution for SHV Gas Supply & Risk Management SAS

Published 18 January 2017 - RICHMOND, B.C., Canada — ZE PowerGroup Inc. (“ZE”), the developer of the... continue reading

As OPEC Acts on New Year’s Resolution, U.S. Shale Pumps Away

Published 16 January 2017 - (Bloomberg) by Jessica Summers – U.S. shale is getting in the way of a New Year’s resolution by... continue reading

Oil set for weekly fall on doubts over extent of OPEC cuts

Published 13 January 2017 - By Ahmad Ghaddar | LONDON Oil prices are on track to end the week lower on lingering doubts... continue reading

Saudis cut oil output to lowest in two years, pledge further reductions

Published 12 January 2017 - By Rania El Gamal, Maha El Dahan and Stanley Carvalho | ABU... continue reading

U.S. shifts LNG exports to Asia as arb opens up

Published 11 January 2017 - by Scott DiSavino – The biggest divergence between U.S. and Asian gas prices in a year has created an... continue reading

U.S. crude output for 2018 to rise by 300,000 bpd: EIA

Published 10 January 2017 - By The U.S. Energy Information Administration expects U.S. crude oil production in 2018 to rise by 300,000 barrels... 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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