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Water, Water Everywhere but Not A Drop to Drink

This afternoon, I was catching up with one of our CTRM Thought Leaders – Jan van den Brom of Agiboo – when we got on to an interesting... continue reading

More Climate Change Lunacy

Climate change, as any non-politically inclined geologist will tell you, is a naturally occurring phenomena of a living... continue reading

Catching Up With Blacklight Systems

Just before the Christmas holidays, I talked with David Edwards, Managing Director, of BlackLight Systems. BlackLight Systems claims to be the first commodity trading and risk system to... continue reading

ComTech to Participate in Risk webinar

I’ll be participating in a webinar on January 31st with Lacima on risk. The title of the webinar is Solutions for valuation challenges for traders. Consistency with risk.... continue reading

Latest News

Maersk, IBM to launch blockchain-based platform for global trade

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen – The world’s largest container shipping firm A.P. Moller-Maersk is teaming up with IBM to create an industry-wide trading... continue reading

U.S. oil industry set to break record, upend global trade

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Surging shale production is poised to push U.S. oil output to more than 10 million barrels per day – toppling... continue reading

Oil prices expected to trade around $60-$70 through 2020: Kemp

By John Kemp LONDON (Reuters) – Oil prices are expected to remain close to current levels, averaging around $60 to $70 per barrel... continue reading

Grain glut leaves U.S. farmers facing losses from specialty corn

CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. farmers who sought to boost revenues by planting corn used to make tortillas may be forced to sell their... continue reading

Videos

ComTech Advisory – CTRM Market Developments

In this video, Commodity Technology Advisory’s managing partners, Patrick Reames and Gary Vasey review recent CTRM market developments and the outlook for the ETRM and CTRM technology markets through 2014.... continue reading

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Blog

Water, Water Everywhere but Not A Drop to Drink

This afternoon, I was catching up with one of our CTRM Thought Leaders – Jan van den Brom of Agiboo – when we got on to an interesting topic. The topic was the sheer diversity and number of CTRM solutions on the market – something over a hundred. You would think that buyers would be spoiled for choice with so many different products on the market right? Well, no, not really unless perhaps you want a power or oil ETRM anyway. Mr van den Brom made the observation that if you were looking for a specific commodity solution say like Cocoa or perhaps even metals, the choice was actually very narrow. I had to agree. If you head over to the Directory and start to narrow your... continue reading

More Climate Change Lunacy

Climate change, as any non-politically inclined geologist will tell you, is a naturally occurring phenomena of a living planet Earth. The climate has changed and relative sea levels risen and fallen for millennia. Strangely enough, these geological climate changes and sea level movements have shown no correlation with CO2 content of the atmosphere. Yet, this fact is simply ignored in the political and increasingly populist, crusade against fossil fuels. Today, more lunacy from those that subscribe to the idea that minute amounts of CO2 added to the atmosphere are causing well, the same sort of changing climate this planet has always experienced. Yes, city governments are suing big oil for damages for their role in the vary natural phenomena of rising sea levels (if in fact, sea levels are rising at all). A Reuters story posted to... continue reading

Catching Up With Blacklight Systems

Published 10 January 2018

Just before the Christmas holidays, I talked with David Edwards, Managing Director, of BlackLight Systems. BlackLight Systems claims... continue reading

ComTech to Participate in Risk webinar

Published 9 January 2018

I’ll be participating in a webinar on January 31st with Lacima on risk. The title of the webinar... continue reading

Give us your Opinion?

Published 8 January 2018

People like to read industry research and check the opinions of their peers. Perhaps they do not enjoy so much... continue reading

Happy New Year – What Does 2018 Have in Store?

Published 2 January 2018

Towards the end of 2017, there were indications that things were beginning to pick up a bit. We... continue reading

I’m changing my name to Blocky Blockchain

Published 22 December 2017

In the surest sign that blockchain madness has consumed the markets, Long Island Iced Tea Company announced yesterday... continue reading

Happy Holidays!

Published 19 December 2017

It’s that time of year again! Yes, Happy Holidays to all of our colleagues, clients, friends and readers and here... continue reading

Aquilon is moving energy settlements to the cloud

Published 18 December 2017

I visited with Michael J. Snayd, VP of Business Development & Marketing at Aquilon Energy Services a few... continue reading

New CTRM On Your Xmas Shopping List? – You Have A World of Choice

Published 15 December 2017

The one thing that continues to amaze me is the increasing number... continue reading

News

Maersk, IBM to launch blockchain-based platform for global trade

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen – The world’s largest container shipping firm A.P. Moller-Maersk is teaming up with IBM to create an industry-wide trading platform it says can speed up trade and save billions of dollars. The global shipping industry has seen little innovation since the container was invented in the 1950s, and cross-border trade still leaves an enormous trail of paperwork and bureaucracy. Success of the platform, which will be made available to the ocean shipping industry around mid-2018, depends on whether Maersk and IBM can convince shippers, freight forwarders, ocean carriers, ports and customs authorities to sign up. Blockchain technology powers the digital currency bitcoin and enables data sharing across a network of individual computers. It will help manage and track tens of millions of shipping... continue reading

U.S. oil industry set to break record, upend global trade

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Surging shale production is poised to push U.S. oil output to more than 10 million barrels per day – toppling a record set in 1970 and crossing a threshold few could have imagined even a decade ago. And this new record, expected within days, likely won’t last long. The U.S. government forecasts that the nation’s production will climb to 11 million barrels a day by late 2019, a level that would rival Russia, the world’s top producer. The economic and political impacts of soaring U.S. output are breathtaking, cutting the nation’s oil imports by a fifth over a decade, providing high-paying jobs in rural communities and lowering consumer prices for domestic gasoline by 37 percent from a 2008 peak. Fears of dire energy shortages... continue reading

Oil prices expected to trade around $60-$70 through 2020: Kemp

Published 12 January 2018

By John Kemp LONDON (Reuters) – Oil prices are expected to remain close to current levels, averaging around... continue reading

Grain glut leaves U.S. farmers facing losses from specialty corn

Published 12 January 2018

CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. farmers who sought to boost revenues by planting corn used to make tortillas may... continue reading

ICE moves some oil contracts to U.S. as MiFID II takes effect

Published 11 January 2018

LONDON (Reuters) – The Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), one of the world’s biggest commodity exchanges, is shifting the trading... continue reading

New York sues fossil fuel majors, plans divestment from pension funds

Published 11 January 2018

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City announced on Wednesday that it... continue reading

MITSUI and WEATHERNEWS LAUNCH DIGITAL MARKETPLACE FOR MARITIME AND SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

Published 10 January 2018

NEW YORK – Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (“Mitsui”, Head Office: Tokyo, Japan,... continue reading

U.S. grain companies fear harm from new tax law

Published 10 January 2018

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The new U.S. tax law is poised to drive more control over the nation’s grain... continue reading

Contigo unveils how to future-proof with a progressive ETRM at E-world

Published 9 January 2018

Award winning ETRM vendor, Contigo, will be showcasing its forward thinking Energy... continue reading

New WWF traceability project to track Pacific Islands’ tuna supply chain

Published 9 January 2018

Environmental organization World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and its partners have introduced blockchain... continue reading

Interview Corner

Capco’s Energy Practice post-FIS – A Conversation with the Leadership Team

Published 4 December 2017

FIS announced their intention to spin-off the company’s Capco consulting business in May of this year. With the transaction completed in August, we recently visited... continue reading

Commodity Markets – A Headhunter’s View

Published 8 November 2017

ComTechAdvisory: Given all of the turmoil in commodity markets this last year or so, how has the job market been impacted? James Richmond: The markets... continue reading

Trends in Technology

Published 12 July 2017

ComTechAdvisory: What is Contigo seeing in terms of uptake of the ETRM in cloud and what are the benefits of such an approach? Adrian Bullock:... continue reading

Developments in CEE – An Interview with David Kučera

Published 28 June 2017

An Interview with David Kučera, General Secretary of the Prague Energy Exchange („PXE“) ComTechAdvisory: Tell us a little about PXE – its history and objectives... continue reading

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Published 27 April 2017

An Interview with Cyrus Dadachanji, Partner, Energy Trading and Risk Management at Infosys Consulting ComTechAdvisory: Please tell us a little about Infosys Consulting and the... continue reading

New Business Models and Consumer Focused Digital Transformations

Published 28 March 2017

ComTech visits with Amir Soufizadeh, Head of Commodities & Utilities Practice at BJSS. Founded in 1993, BJSS operates across the UK and USA, providing consultancy... continue reading

Kynetix explains Distributed Ledger Technologies and its future

Published 21 March 2017

ComTechAdvisory: What is Kynetix’ interest in Blockchain technologies? Scott Riley: There are three primary drivers to Kynetix’s interest in DLT: 1. Our mission at Kynetix... continue reading

An Interview with Michael Kirch CCO of Beacon

Published 19 January 2017

ComTechAdvisory: What is the Beacon platform and what was the impetus for developing it? Dr. Michael Kirch: Mark Higgins and Kirat Singh founded Beacon in... 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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