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BJSS Brings Agile Development to Commodities’ Top Tier

I had a call with a UK-based consulting firm last week that had contacted us to give us a briefing on their activities... continue reading

Aspect Announced As CTRM Conference Bronze Sponsor

Aspect have signed up again as a bronze sponsor of the CTRM Conference and we thank them for... continue reading

2016 CTRM Conference – Speaker Profile – Stanislav Shcheredin

The CTRM Conference will have a strong regulatory focus in the early afternoon and one of the presentations will look at the Impact... continue reading

2016 CTRM Conference – Speaker Profile – Alex Shaw

Mr. Alex Shaw, Business Development Manager for the LME, will deliver a presentation on Warehousing & Beyond: Observations on the Global Commodity Financing... continue reading

Latest News

EDF chief urges Britain to give go-ahead to nuclear plant

Reuters – The head of EDF Energy has urged the British government to approve the Hinkley Point C nuclear power project, an explicit... continue reading

Oil Industry Shifts From Survival to Growth

(Bloomberg) by Rakteem Katakey – Multibillion-dollar oil and gas deals are back on the table. More than $11 billion of transactions were announced globally in July as crude’s recovery fueled... continue reading

Energy One Ltd expands reach with gas transmission software acquisition

Energy One Ltd (ASX:EOL) has completed the acquisition of the pypIT software business engaged in the scheduling of gas transmission rights for major... continue reading

Welspun scandal follows years of plummeting Egyptian cotton output

By Luc Cohen | NEW YORK Reuters – A scandal involving the alleged sale of falsely labeled Egyptian cotton products by an Indian... continue reading

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BJSS Brings Agile Development to Commodities’ Top Tier

I had a call with a UK-based consulting firm last week that had contacted us to give us a briefing on their activities in commodities. BJSS is a company that I actually wasn’t very familiar with but a brief conversation with Mr. Amir Soufizadeh, head of its commodities and utilities practice, brought me up to speed. BJSS was established in 1993 and has offices across the UK and in the US. It employs close to 600 consultants in those locations. One of BJSS’s differentiators is its agile methodology, I learned. It has used this approach at a number of very large commodities firms to help them build and deploy custom solutions across the commodity trading and risk management functions. It originally got its start with a major... continue reading

Aspect Announced As CTRM Conference Bronze Sponsor

Aspect have signed up again as a bronze sponsor of the CTRM Conference and we thank them for their continued support of this event. Aspect is a leading global provider of multi-commodity trade, risk and operations management applications delivered Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) in the cloud. With almost 500 customers in 90 countries, it’s one of the fastest growing providers with rapid deployment, affordable subscriptions, and immediate ROI for all size companies. Solutions include AspectCTRM, a full-featured commodity trading and risk management enterprise suite for front, middle and back office. It’s available in three editions: Lite, Standard and Enterprise, expanding in functionality according to the needs and budgets of clients. Aspect is the only ETRM/CTRM solutions provider with market data and analytics tools delivered with its trade and risk... continue reading

2016 CTRM Conference – Speaker Profile – Stanislav Shcheredin

Published 26 August 2016 - The CTRM Conference will have a strong regulatory focus in the early... continue reading

2016 CTRM Conference – Speaker Profile – Alex Shaw

Published 25 August 2016 - Mr. Alex Shaw, Business Development Manager for the LME, will deliver a presentation on Warehousing & Beyond: Observations... continue reading

2016 CTRM Conference – Speaker Profile – Saurabh Goyal

Published 24 August 2016 - Here in the second of our speaker profiles, we feature Mr. Saurabh... continue reading

CTRM Zombies

Published 23 August 2016 - With the market for ETRM/CTRM software now almost 25 years old, I find it interesting to look back at the... continue reading

2016 CTRM Conference – Speaker Profile

Published 23 August 2016 - In the run up to the 2016 CTRM Conference, we will feature some of our speakers lined up... continue reading

August In Europe: A Continent On Vacation

Published 19 August 2016 - One thing I know very well is that Americans simply don’t take proper vacations. In Europe, I think... continue reading

Where are They Now?

Published 18 August 2016 - Patrick and I started in the CTRM world early. A long time ago now. We were both at a vendor... continue reading

CTRM Conference Agenda Finalized

Published 17 August 2016 - The agenda of the CTRM Conference is now mostly finalized with only confirmation of initial roundtable panelists now... continue reading

News

EDF chief urges Britain to give go-ahead to nuclear plant

Reuters – The head of EDF Energy has urged the British government to approve the Hinkley Point C nuclear power project, an explicit appeal by the French energy giant ahead of a decision due within weeks. Prime Minister Theresa May intervened last month to delay the 18 billion pound ($24 billion) project, just hours after it was approved by EDF’s board, former cabinet colleague Vince Cable said. The government says it will make a final decision in the early autumn. Cable said May was concerned about China’s involvement, particularly in terms of national security. The state-owned China General Nuclear Power Corp (CGN) is EDF’s partner in building the two new reactors at Hinkley Point, southwest England, which would provide about 7 percent of Britain’s electricity. EDF Energy... continue reading

Oil Industry Shifts From Survival to Growth

(Bloomberg) by Rakteem Katakey – Multibillion-dollar oil and gas deals are back on the table. More than $11 billion of transactions were announced globally in July as crude’s recovery fueled hopes of a steadier market, Wood Mackenzie Ltd. said. That’s the highest monthly total this year and brings the amount since May to $32 billion, triple that of the previous three months. Dealmaking will continue to accelerate as oil prices stabilize, according to the consulting firm. Exxon Mobil Corp. and Statoil ASA were among the buyers after crude’s rebound from a 12-year low earlier this year bolstered confidence. Acquisitions will allow the companies to ensure future growth as the industry has slashed $1 trillion in spending to protect their balance sheets during the downturn.  “The extreme oil price volatility in the... continue reading

Energy One Ltd expands reach with gas transmission software acquisition

Published 25 August 2016 - Energy One Ltd (ASX:EOL) has completed the acquisition of the pypIT software... continue reading

Welspun scandal follows years of plummeting Egyptian cotton output

Published 25 August 2016 - By Luc Cohen | NEW YORK Reuters – A scandal involving the... continue reading

Bay State Milling, next Go-Live DycoTrade at hand

Published 25 August 2016 - 25-8-2016: DycoTrade’s valued customer Bay State Milling (BSM), a family-owned company with a strategic intent to support the growth... continue reading

Think zinc: miners bet big on revival in key base metal market

Published 24 August 2016 - By James Regan | SYDNEY Reuters – Resource companies are racing to dig zinc mines, betting that markets... continue reading

This ‘Hot Commodity’ Is Destined to Cool Off Soon: Citigroup

Published 23 August 2016 - (Bloomberg) by Jasmine Ng – Iron ore, dubbed by Citigroup Inc. as one of the hot commodities of 2016,... continue reading

LNG slump, cost cutting spur rare output curb at Australian plant

Published 19 August 2016 - (Reuters) by Sonali Paul – Spending cuts and weak global liquefied natural gas... continue reading

Oil traders rush to secure vessels as U.S.-Europe export arb opens

Published 18 August 2016 - (Reuters) by Catherine Ngai and Liz Hampton – A rare opening of an... continue reading

Welcome to the ‘Meat Casino’! The Cattle Futures Market Descends Into Chaos

Published 18 August 2016 - By Kelsey Gee Wall Street Journal – CHICAGO—Wild swings in the cattle... continue reading

CTRM Community

Compliance costs undermining the goal of the US Renewable Fuel Standard: Fuel for Thought

The system devised to force compliance with the US Renewable Fuel Standard appears to be backfiring, forcing refiners to spend more on buying increasingly expensive credits... continue reading

Industry bodies to push for lower goods & service tax rates on processed food

The industry bodies will push for lower goods and service tax rates for processed food businesses. After passing the GST bill in Parliament, the states have... continue reading

Bangladesh govt and IFAD sign financial agreement to increase incomes

The government of Bangladesh and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have signed a financial agreement to increase incomes and reduce extreme poverty and hunger... continue reading

NIFTEM ready to help entrepreneurs willing to innovate in food processing

Ajit Kumar, vice-chancellor, National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management, said that his institution is ready to help entrepreneurs who are willing to innovate in... continue reading

India’s leading seed firms launch Federation of Seed Industry of India

India’s top seed and seed technology companies, including Bayer, Dow Agro, DuPont Pioneer, Mahyco, Metahelix, Monsanto, Namdhari, Rasi Seeds, Shriram Bioseeds and Syngenta, launched the Federation... continue reading

PM markets: wheat futures plunge to new 10-year lows

Heavy supplies and the stronger dollar sends wheat sharply down, breaking out of its trading band to fresh lows Read More... continue reading

Oil on the backfoot as confusion swirls

Source: Financial Times, 27th August 2016 Although Iran agrees to attend meeting next month, it insists its production cannot be capped Read the full article on... continue reading

Chinese corn prices could extend 25% decline, says IGC

Subsidy reforms may spur further declines in China’s corn prices – whose fate is viewed as having a big influence on US values too Read More... continue reading

Industry Voices

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

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

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