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Visiting with InstaNext

I had a briefing this week with InstaNext, a US-based provider of tech solutions for companies that trade, procure, produce or transform commodities. The company, in business about 3 years, has grown relatively quickly and includes in... continue reading

CTRM Announced Deal Data 2015 – Analysis

Knowing that only a few E/CTRM software license deals ever get publicized, analysis of disclosed licensing data might well be an exercise in futility. Nonetheless, the analyst in... continue reading

Dycotrade Growing Strongly

Ouko Reitsema believes that Dycotrade’s success in the market at the moment is due to happy customers and... continue reading

A Weekend Drive

This weekend, I took a quick trip out to a small Czech brewery in Dalesice. Czech beer is amongst the finest in the world and is certainly one of many good features about the country I currently... continue reading

Latest News

As U.S. refinery cuts quicken, crude market faces next threat

Reuters – For the past six years, U.S. refiners from Texas to Philadelphia have bought every barrel of crude they can lay their... continue reading

WTI Crude Falls to 12-Year Low at $26.14 per Barrel

(Bloomberg) by Mark Shenk – Oil tumbled to lowest level in more than 12 years as crude stockpiles at the delivery point for New... continue reading

BUILDING ON SUCCESS: CHINSAY PREPARES FOR FURTHER GROWTH IN 2016

11 February 2016, Stockholm & London: Chinsay, the global standard for physical freight and commodities contract management, is pleased to announce several milestone... continue reading

CEPSA TRADING SUCCESSFULLY IMPLEMENTS DATAGENIC ENTERPRISE DATA MANAGEMENT AND ANALYSIS SYSTEM

Advanced data management functionality, forward curve construction and aggregated data feeds essential for the Cepsa Group strategic and... continue reading

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Mr. Richard Quigley – CEO, DataGenic

In this edition of ComTech Advisory’s Leaders in CTRM Technology series, Gary Vasey visits with Mr. Richard Quigley, CEO of DataGenic. The two discuss DataGenic’s data and analytic products and Richard provides an overview of the company’s soon to be released AI solution for commodity traders.... continue reading

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Blog

Visiting with InstaNext

I had a briefing this week with InstaNext, a US-based provider of tech solutions for companies that trade, procure, produce or transform commodities. The company, in business about 3 years, has grown relatively quickly and includes in among their client roster a number of oil and gas producers, CPG’s, food service companies, and protein producers. According to Marc Zabal, the company’s VP of product development, the company was founded by his father, Elie Zabal. This name may be familiar to our readers as Mr. Zabal was also the founder and CEO of INNSINC, a software company that specialized in risk and hedge management. INNSINC was acquired by Triple Point in 2008 and Mr. Zabal left that company in 2012. After the acquisition of the company by ION, he was increasingly approached by former INNSINC clients who encouraged... continue reading

CTRM Announced Deal Data 2015 – Analysis

Knowing that only a few E/CTRM software license deals ever get publicized, analysis of disclosed licensing data might well be an exercise in futility. Nonetheless, the analyst in me finds it to be of interest. Yesterday, I updated the announced deal data that ComTech maintains and spotted several trends worthy of comment. We are reviewing market size and development, and announced deal data is one piece of data that we use in that analysis. Firstly, we found around 50 announced deals in the 12-months to February 2016. This doesn’t include those summary announcements in which vendors say they did xx deals in the past 12-months – only named companies taking software. In of itself, this is interesting information for if this is the tip of an undisclosed... continue reading

Dycotrade Growing Strongly

Published 8 February 2016 - Ouko Reitsema believes that Dycotrade’s success in the market at the moment is due to happy customers and successful implementations.... continue reading

A Weekend Drive

Published 8 February 2016 - This weekend, I took a quick trip out to a small Czech brewery in Dalesice. Czech beer is amongst the... continue reading

Be wary of self-proclaimed “analysts” on the internet

Published 5 February 2016 - NOTE: During the writing of this post, the article/analysis that I’m referencing... continue reading

All Things Pass

Published 5 February 2016 - All things pass so they say. When I was growing up in the UK, coal was dying. Mr. Scargill and... continue reading

MEssen Around?

Published 4 February 2016 - February is a lovely time to be headed to northern Germany. In a week or so, thousands will flock to... continue reading

Shifting Markets and Impacts Discussion

Published 3 February 2016 - The market for CTRM software is not homogenous and consists of a number of overlapping markets identified by... continue reading

Vendor Perceptions

Published 1 February 2016 - As stated last week, our vendor perception survey is now up and ready for your views. The survey can be... continue reading

So how bad are the nat gas and power markets? Ask a trader after they get their bonus

Published 29 January 2016 - The US and EUR gas and power markets are bad enough that... continue reading

News

As U.S. refinery cuts quicken, crude market faces next threat

Reuters – For the past six years, U.S. refiners from Texas to Philadelphia have bought every barrel of crude they can lay their hands on to cash in on a golden era of healthy margins. Now, at least five refiners – including two of the country’s largest – have voluntarily cut output of gasoline and distillate in the most widespread cuts since the global financial crisis, moves that may deepen crude’s prolonged rout as storage tanks at Cushing, Oklahoma, the main U.S. oil hub, near capacity. Independent refiners including Valero Energy Corp, PBF Energy INC, Philadelphia Energy Solutions and Monroe Energy, a unit of Delta Air Lines Inc, are curbing output, capitulating to record stockpiles and sluggish winter demand that have hurt profits. Even large oil companies... continue reading

WTI Crude Falls to 12-Year Low at $26.14 per Barrel

(Bloomberg) by Mark Shenk – Oil tumbled to lowest level in more than 12 years as crude stockpiles at the delivery point for New York futures expanded to a record. West Texas Intermediate futures sank to the lowest since May 2003, breaching the level reached in January, and the contango between front-month and second-month contracts increased to the widest in five years. Supplies at Cushing, Oklahoma, the biggest U.S. oil-storage hub, rose to a record 64.7 million barrels last week, according to government data. The site is considered full at 73 million barrels. Oil is down 29 percent this year on speculation a global glut will persist as Iranian exports increase after the removal of sanctions and U.S. crude inventories remain swollen. U.S. stockpiles are more than 130 million barrels above... continue reading

BUILDING ON SUCCESS: CHINSAY PREPARES FOR FURTHER GROWTH IN 2016

Published 11 February 2016 - 11 February 2016, Stockholm & London: Chinsay, the global standard for physical freight and commodities contract management, is... continue reading

CEPSA TRADING SUCCESSFULLY IMPLEMENTS DATAGENIC ENTERPRISE DATA MANAGEMENT AND ANALYSIS SYSTEM

Published 11 February 2016 - Advanced data management functionality, forward curve construction and aggregated data feeds essential... continue reading

Oil prices fall on U.S. storage glut, ongoing economic woes

Published 11 February 2016 - Reuters – Oil prices slid on Thursday as record U.S. crude inventories at the Cushing delivery point and... continue reading

EU proposes new securities rules be delayed until 2018

Published 10 February 2016 - Reuters – The European Union‘s executive body has proposed delaying the bloc’s sweeping reform of securities markets by... continue reading

The Mining Industry Makes Oil Giants Look Great

Published 10 February 2016 - Bloomberg – When you find yourself in a hole, the saying goes, stop digging. A simple lesson that... continue reading

Supreme Court blocks Obama carbon emissions plan

Published 10 February 2016 - Reuters – BY LAWRENCE HURLEY AND VALERIE VOLCOVICI – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday delivered a major... continue reading

E.ON SELECTS DATAGENIC FOR COMMODITY DATA MANAGEMENT

Published 10 February 2016 - Cloud based advanced data management functionality, forward curve construction, system integration and aggregated data feeds essential for E.ON’s... continue reading

Global Power & Gas Company, E.ON, Selects Allegro Horizon to Empower Customer Solution Business

Published 9 February 2016 - LONDON, UK, February 9, 2016 – Allegro Development Corporation, a leading provider of commodity... continue reading

Publications Commodity Technology Advisory LLC

CTRM for Sugar – Managing Sugar’s Complexity
CTRM for Sugar – Managing Sugar’s Complexity

Sugar is produced in more than 120 countries and global production is now more than 174 Million tons a year. Approximately 70% of this is produced from sugar cane, largely grown in tropical countries, and the remaining 30% is produced from sugar beet, a root crop grown mostly in northern temperate zones. The primary use and market for sugar is the food industry, as sugar is used as a sweetener, preservative, texture modifier, fermentation substrate, flavoring and coloring agent, bulking agent and to add decoration to food items, such as cakes.

This paper looks at this important commodity in terms of its supply chain, markets, price formation and most importantly, unique functional requirements in a CTRM solution. While there are many CTRM software solutions on the market, there are many fewer that can truly handle the unique aspects of sugar trading. The paper identifies the unique characteristics of sugar trading and sugar trading that needs to be included in a sugar-focused CTRM solution.

CTRM Community

AM markets: wheat, soybean futures exploit dollar decline

Wheat and soybean futures open firm, as comments by the head of the US central bank deepen a dollar retreat. But ethanol concerns hold back corn... continue reading

Ample US meat supplies will keep a lid on prices, analysts say

The latest US government estimates underline heavy red meat and chicken production, say Paragon Consulting and Steiner Economics ... continue reading

BNP to curb lending to US energy sector

Source: Financial Times, 11th February 2016 Bank to pull out of new reserve-based lending in move that could further squeeze cash-strapped producers Read the full article... continue reading

Gold demand falls in 2015

Source: Financial Times, 11th February 2016 Buyers are back this year pushing prices higher amid turmoil in financial markets Read the full article on FT.com ... continue reading

Rules amendment after June 30 to enable clearance of old packaging stocks

The legal metrology department under ministry of consumer affairs has issued an advisory for deferring the implementation of the packaging rules amendment issued in May 2015.... continue reading

MoFPI for FDI in retail for foods processed in India, Badal tells meet

The ministry of food processing industries (MoFPI) has made a plea to prime minister Narendra Modi for allowing foreign direct investment (FDI) in multibrand retail for... continue reading

Natural Gas Forecast: March Working Its Way Below $2.00 Again

By Dean Rogers Forecasts for freezing temperatures this weekend in the eastern U.S. have had a minimal impact on natural gas prices this week. Many traders... continue reading

Rosneft rejects case for oil output cuts

Source: Financial Times, 10th February 2016 Putin ally questions feasibility of co-ordinated action to reverse crude price rout Read the full article on FT.com ... continue reading

Industry Voices

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

November CTRM recruitment update with 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

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

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

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

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

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