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

The one thing that continues to amaze me is the increasing number of CTRM software solutions on the market. If you go to... continue reading

AIM has left the building…and my desktop

I wrote about Yahoo Messenger being killed off last year and the pain it caused the oil trading markets in the US (https://www.ctrmcenter.com/blog/oil-traders-panic-not-prices-yahoo-messenger-going-away/).  At the time of that... continue reading

Blockchain – Solution or Dead End?

Blockchain. The word seems to be everywhere at the moment. Not a day goes by without an announcement of a Proof of Concept or Pilot somewhere using blockchain.... continue reading

Beacon Update – A Conversation with Michael Kirch

It has been a while since I had talked to Beacon, creators of an institutional quant platform that delivers the architectural model of investment... continue reading

Latest News

Investors pour cash into U.S. shale despite questions on returns

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Financiers keep pouring cash into the shale oil sector, providing producers with a path to keep U.S. output rising through... continue reading

Bitcoin Points Way to ‘Massive Change’ for Commodity Businesses

Blockchain is upending the world’s financial markets with the rise of bitcoin, and now the digital-ledger system is poised to do the same next year... continue reading

The future of cryptocurrency futures regulation

Mark Schorr Add the chairman of the largest electronic brokerage firm in the U.S. to the list of Cassandras warning us of the perils posed by the trading... continue reading

Powel Opens New Office in Germany

Powel, a leading supplier of software solutions to the energy and public sectors, today announced the opening of a new office in Düsseldorf, Germany to support its rapidly-growing... continue reading

Videos

Interview with TrayPort and Trayport Contigo

The last of our four videos shot in London a couple of weeks ago was recorded at the offices of Trayport in London to discuss the recent acquisition of Contigo by Trayport. In the video, I ask Mr. Simon Piercy about the acquisition and its likely impact on Contigo and its customers before discussing the background to the acquisition with Mr. Elliot Piggot,... continue reading

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Blog

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

The one thing that continues to amaze me is the increasing number of CTRM software solutions on the market. If you go to our online directory and search on CTRM and ETRM, you will pull up over 100 vendors – some with multiple solutions to offer you. They come in all shapes and sizes too from multi-commodity large scale solutions to highly focused, single commodity cloud offerings. And believe me when I say that each month we discover or are introduced to another new player in the space. The moral of this story if you are a buyer is this – if you only have a handful of names on your long list/short list and... continue reading

AIM has left the building…and my desktop

I wrote about Yahoo Messenger being killed off last year and the pain it caused the oil trading markets in the US (https://www.ctrmcenter.com/blog/oil-traders-panic-not-prices-yahoo-messenger-going-away/).  At the time of that writing, August 2016, it was rumored that AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), the system that gas traders had adopted years ago to communicate across the markets was next in line…well, it’s happened. Come the stroke of midnight tonight, AIM is no more.  Certainly, its less-than-sudden demise will cause less consternation than that caused when Yahoo IM closed shop, as most gas trading folks had seen the end coming long ago and had already moved on to ICE IM.  Nonetheless, its passing does mark a bit of a technology milestone in the energy trading markets. Its really not much of a... continue reading

Blockchain – Solution or Dead End?

Published 14 December 2017

Blockchain. The word seems to be everywhere at the moment. Not a day goes by without an announcement... continue reading

Beacon Update – A Conversation with Michael Kirch

Published 6 December 2017

It has been a while since I had talked to Beacon, creators of an institutional quant platform that delivers... continue reading

Disruptive Technology Study

Published 4 December 2017

We are now ready to get the disruptive technology study underway with a survey that is ready to be completed... continue reading

Christmas Conga Anyone?

Published 4 December 2017

As a marketing person at heart, I do love a good marketing program and I want to turn your attention... continue reading

It’s all about data

Published 29 November 2017

I had a chance to talk briefly with periodic CTRMCenter contributor Carl Vellenoweth of Commoditas Partners yesterday to get his... continue reading

In case you missed it….MCG acquires Paragon

Published 28 November 2017

Though there doesn’t seem to be a formal press release issued to the wires, the two companies announced... continue reading

Black Friday Blues

Published 27 November 2017

Most Americans will be returning today from a four day holiday. I recall from living there, that this was usually... continue reading

The Periodic Analyst Vent Blog Article

Published 22 November 2017

Every now and then, I have to blow off a bit of steam. I am after all only... continue reading

News

Investors pour cash into U.S. shale despite questions on returns

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Financiers keep pouring cash into the shale oil sector, providing producers with a path to keep U.S. output rising through the middle of the next decade. The United States is on track to deliver up to 80 percent of the world’s oil production gains through 2025, the International Energy Agency estimates, increases fueled in part by easy access to capital. Rising U.S. production is undermining OPEC’s attempts to curb global supply and boost prices, forcing the oil cartel to continue restraining output through the end of 2018. Hedge funds and private equity firms have given producers a range of new and traditional financial levers they can pull as needed to keep shale rigs drilling, according to interviews with more than a dozen financiers, advisers... continue reading

Bitcoin Points Way to ‘Massive Change’ for Commodity Businesses

Blockchain is upending the world’s financial markets with the rise of bitcoin, and now the digital-ledger system is poised to do the same next year for raw materials like food and energy. Companies including BP Plc, ABN Amro Group NV and Mercuria Energy Group Ltd. said last month they will adapt blockchain to streamline physical energy transactions. In October, four banks joined a venture started by UBS Group AG and International Business Machines Corp. to use the technology in a platform for the global goods trade. Natixis SA and Trafigura Group Ltd. announced in March they will employ the system to finance buying and selling oil. “We’re talking about this massive change in the way that business is being done,” said Eric Ervin, the... continue reading

The future of cryptocurrency futures regulation

Published 14 December 2017

Mark Schorr Add the chairman of the largest electronic brokerage firm in the U.S. to the list of... continue reading

Powel Opens New Office in Germany

Published 13 December 2017

Powel, a leading supplier of software solutions to the energy and public sectors, today announced the opening of... continue reading

The Australian Securities Exchange Endorses The Distributed Ledger — But Don’t Call It Blockchain

Published 13 December 2017

Forbes – In a carefully-crafted 1,000 word press release, the Australian Securities Exchange... continue reading

Metalshub takes commodity trading into the digital age

Published 13 December 2017

Düsseldorf, 13th December 2017 – The commodity technology company Metalshub is one of the pioneers of the digital... continue reading

Britain’s biggest oil pipeline shut ‘for weeks’ for repairs

Published 12 December 2017

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s largest oil pipeline could shut down for weeks... continue reading

Commodity Technology Advisory Kick Off Two New Research Projects to Close Out 2017

Published 11 December 2017

Advisory Firm to Research Disruptive Technologies in Commodity Trading and Risk Management... continue reading

U.S. soy processors build new capacity at fastest rate in 20 years

Published 11 December 2017

Michael Hirtzer (Reuters) – U.S. agricultural cooperatives are building new soybean crushing... continue reading

ASX selects distributed ledger technology to replace CHESS

Published 7 December 2017

ASX today announces its intention to replace CHESS using distributed ledger technology (DLT) developed by its technology partner... 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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