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Sourcebook and Market Sizing

2017 started with an extremely busy January for us at ComTech and that rolled into February as well. Now, in March, we finally have got ourselves somewhat organized... continue reading

Agiboo Sees Increased Market activity

Jan van den Brom, managing partner at Agiboo, has noted a significant uptick in inquiries, demonstration requests, and buying processes since the beginning of the year. “I would... continue reading

Catching Up With Cadran

A couple of weeks ago I caught up with Ed Pieters, CEO of Cadran Consultancy, to see how things were going. I discovered that Cadran has been very busy. Cadran offers a CTRM/CM solution on the JD... continue reading

The Risks Keep Evolving

As I’m sure you’ve noticed on this page, ComTech is currently conducting a snapshot survey looking at risk and risk management in energy and commodity trading.  We’ve done other risk and risk-related studies over the years, both... continue reading

Latest News

TRADESPARENT launches European Regulatory Add-On Edition

TRADESPARENT presents a brand-new add-on module to report on regulatory compliance affecting the commodity industry. This Add-On Edition is fully integrated in TRADESPARENT’s... continue reading

World’s top LNG buyers form alliance to push for flexible contracts

By Jane Chung, Yuka Obayashi and Oleg Vukmanovic | SEOUL/TOKYO/MILAN The world’s biggest liquefied natural gas (LNG) buyers, all in Asia, are clubbing... continue reading

SkyPeople to Establish Agricultural Commodity Trading Center

XI’AN, China, March 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — SkyPeople Fruit Juice, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPU) (“SkyPeople” or “the Company”), a producer of fruit juice concentrates,... continue reading

Blockchain startup Everledger unveils new platform to digitally certify diamonds

Everledger, a blockchain-based startup company that uses the technology a distributed registry for diamonds, has unveiled the company’s... continue reading

Videos

Dr. Markus Seiser – COO, FIS Energy Solutions

In this episode of ComTech Advisory’s Conversations with Leaders in CTRM video series, Dr. Markus Seiser, COO of FIS’ Energy Solutions business unit, discusses the implications of the recent FIS acquisition of SunGard for his business’s customers, the impact of the recent collapse in energy prices and his outlook for the mid-term future of the energy technology markets.... continue reading

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Blog

Sourcebook and Market Sizing

2017 started with an extremely busy January for us at ComTech and that rolled into February as well. Now, in March, we finally have got ourselves somewhat organized to work on our two big projects for the year – the 2017 Sourcebook and 2017 update to CTRM Market Size. If you are a vendor company, you will be hearing from us regarding both in the coming days….. Market sizing has got a little more complex these days. Firstly, the rise of cloud and recurring revenue like subscriptions makes it a tad more difficult. Secondly, being consistent in what we are measuring – CTRM – is always difficult. What do we include? What do we exclude? Finally, the volatility of some currencies (e.g GBP) means that a USD denominated model has to take account of FX more than... continue reading

Agiboo Sees Increased Market activity

Jan van den Brom, managing partner at Agiboo, has noted a significant uptick in inquiries, demonstration requests, and buying processes since the beginning of the year. “I would say activity levels have doubled or even tripled so far this year,” Mr. van den Brom told me. The interest is coming from traders but also from the procurement side of the business. i.e. those companies that purchase raw materials and commodities. In fact, this is a trend ComTech had noted previously as purchasers, processors, and sellers of commodities and finished goods have moved into the software market. Agiboo has seen this demand turn into new business signing new Grains users and a first customer in the USA with a few more deals imminent. So what is driving this... continue reading

Catching Up With Cadran

Published 21 March 2017 - A couple of weeks ago I caught up with Ed Pieters, CEO of Cadran Consultancy, to see how things were... continue reading

The Risks Keep Evolving

Published 20 March 2017 - As I’m sure you’ve noticed on this page, ComTech is currently conducting a snapshot survey looking at risk and risk... continue reading

Are People Your Biggest Risk?

Published 10 March 2017 - I’m very much looking forward to seeing the results in a couple of months of our latest snapshot... continue reading

The CTRM Oscar Ceremony

Published 9 March 2017 - The events from the Dolby Theatre the other day got me thinking about an Oscar ceremony for CTRM software vendors.... continue reading

Participate In Our New Snap Survey on Risk?

Published 8 March 2017 - ComTech is undertaking some research into risk management in all its forms in the industry and we would... continue reading

Is It Time To Write The Obituary For CTRM Software?

Published 6 March 2017 - As an analyst, I speak to a lot of people across all walks of the industry. This morning... continue reading

Molecule Software – a different and potentially disruptive company and product

Published 3 March 2017 - I visited with Sameer Soleja, head of Molecule Software, this week to... continue reading

The Death of the Expert

Published 3 March 2017 - Most days, I google a lot looking for news on issues as wide as traceability to biomass. Unfortunately, much of... continue reading

News

TRADESPARENT launches European Regulatory Add-On Edition

TRADESPARENT presents a brand-new add-on module to report on regulatory compliance affecting the commodity industry. This Add-On Edition is fully integrated in TRADESPARENT’s Base and Enterprise versions and an integral part of the flexible and data-driven risk management solution setting the standards in the industry. Our unique approach to data integration and aggregation from multiple sources, harmonizing the data, applying specific business logic and reporting is available for external stakeholders as well, in a way you (and the competent authorities) desire! Next to the position and performance insights you are used to with TRADESPARENT, the platform now includes regulatory monitoring and reporting as well. MiFID II Starting January 2018, companies trading derivatives both over-the-counter or on regulated markets need to comply with certain regulation to improve the... continue reading

World’s top LNG buyers form alliance to push for flexible contracts

By Jane Chung, Yuka Obayashi and Oleg Vukmanovic | SEOUL/TOKYO/MILAN The world’s biggest liquefied natural gas (LNG) buyers, all in Asia, are clubbing together to secure more flexible supply contracts in a move which shifts power to importers from producers as oversupply grows. Korea Gas Corp (KOGAS) said on Thursday it had signed a memorandum of understanding in mid-March with Japan’s JERA and China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) to exchange information and “cooperate in the joint procurement of LNG.” Together, the three companies purchase a third of global LNG production, giving them a strong hand to challenge restrictive contract terms that have squeezed buyers’ finances. Influential buyers’ clubs are largely unheard of in commodity... continue reading

SkyPeople to Establish Agricultural Commodity Trading Center

Published 23 March 2017 - XI’AN, China, March 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — SkyPeople Fruit Juice, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPU) (“SkyPeople” or “the Company”), a... continue reading

Blockchain startup Everledger unveils new platform to digitally certify diamonds

Published 22 March 2017 - Everledger, a blockchain-based startup company that uses the technology a distributed registry... continue reading

New projects, shale boom could trigger oil oversupply by 2018-19: Goldman

Published 21 March 2017 - New production projects and a fresh shale boom could boost oil output... continue reading

DataGenic and GFI Group enter data distribution agreement

Published 20 March 2017 - London, UK, 20 March 2017 – DataGenic, the leading global provider of on premise and in-cloud Smart Commodity... continue reading

Smaller mining companies seek IPOs but deals remain modest

Published 16 March 2017 - By Zandi Shabalala | LONDON Stock market flotations of smaller mining and metals companies are set to pick... continue reading

FIS and Generation 10 provide alternative access to physical fertilizer barge markets

Published 15 March 2017 - London and Chicago, March 15, 2017 Freight Investor Services, a global leader... continue reading

Olygas Technology Joins Aspect Partner Network To Extend CTRM Capabilities

Published 15 March 2017 - March 15, 2017 – Aspect and Olygas Technology have entered into a... continue reading

Tampa Electric Goes Live with Multiple Commodities on Allegro

Published 15 March 2017 - Leading energy company finalizes implementation with addition of solid fuels DALLAS, March 9, 2017 – Allegro Development, a... 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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