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We’re seeking your participation in a new research effort by Commodity Technology Advisory. This new project looks at the impacts and implications of... continue reading

Invensoft Goes Mobile

This week I spoke to Mr. Prasad Raju at Invensoft Technologies and got a catch up on its activities. Invensoft provides IT solutions for commodity businesses including software products like Invensoft-XBS©  which is a Unified Commodity Management... continue reading

‘Scalable Commodity’ Pushes To The Cloud

I recently spoke with John Crew, Director at Scalable. Scalable provide a Commodity Management solution on the Microsoft AX platform. Scalable has been... continue reading

Invensoft Sponsors 2016 CTRMConference

Invensoft Technologies has become a bronze level sponsor of the 2016 CTRMConference and we thank them for their support. In fact, this is the third straight year that... continue reading

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Looming price falls may force big miners to speed up asset sales

(Reuters) by Sonali Paul and Barbara Lewis – Three of the world’s top five miners will need to step up asset sales in the... continue reading

Oil falls on oversupply, demand concerns; U.S. crude hits three-month low

(Reuters) by Devika Krishna Kumar – Oil prices fell more than 2 percent on Monday, with U.S. crude hitting a three-month low, on rising... continue reading

Kenkko Corporation Selects Pioneer Solutions Commodity Trading and Risk Management System

Denver, CO USA – Pioneer Solutions, a leading provider of commodity trading and risk management solutions, announced today... continue reading

Brady completes another successful Credit Risk upgrade at Vattenfall in record time

21st July 2016, London: Brady plc (BRY.L), the leading supplier of trading and risk management solutions for energy,... continue reading

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A reminder – Please participate in our latest survey!

We’re seeking your participation in a new research effort by Commodity Technology Advisory. This new project looks at the impacts and implications of low priced energy commodities as they relate to ETRM system use and value. Though energy prices have recently risen off their 13 year low set January of this year, they continue to be somewhat moribund – in a persistent oversupplied condition and with unpredictable volatilities.  Given this situation, ComTech, with the support of study sponsor FIS, is seeking your thoughts about the direction of the energy markets and the implication for ETRM technology users, including the usefulness and capabilities of these solutions to help mitigate risks and find opportunity in this difficult market. We are seeking the participation of ETRM users in Europe and... continue reading

Invensoft Goes Mobile

This week I spoke to Mr. Prasad Raju at Invensoft Technologies and got a catch up on its activities. Invensoft provides IT solutions for commodity businesses including software products like Invensoft-XBS©  which is a Unified Commodity Management Platform offering Commodity Management (CM), CTRM and 3PL (Third Party Logistics) and covering the End-to-End needs of Commodity Businesses. It has also been busy developing new functionality and recently added two new modules – the XBS Customer Center for stakeholder management and “XBS Apps”. Introduced in 2015, “XBS Customer Center” is an “innovative integrated Stake Holder Management module that enables counter parties to participate in the business process involving in approvals, instructions, information access and so on,” he told us. “Customers can view their inventory; approve quality, issue instruction on processing, shipping and more, on a real time basis. Bankers can... continue reading

‘Scalable Commodity’ Pushes To The Cloud

Published 21 July 2016 - I recently spoke with John Crew, Director at Scalable. Scalable provide a Commodity Management solution on the Microsoft... continue reading

Invensoft Sponsors 2016 CTRMConference

Published 19 July 2016 - Invensoft Technologies has become a bronze level sponsor of the 2016 CTRMConference and we thank them for their... continue reading

Gavin Serkin to Open 2016 CTRMConference

Published 18 July 2016 - The 2016 CTRMConference to be held in London on October 27th, will commence with a presentation by Mr.... continue reading

The Importance of Consultants and Integrators in Vendor Success

Published 15 July 2016 - Consultants and System Integrators can be extremely influential in selecting CTRM software and so their views and knowledge... continue reading

Cadran Consultancy Gaining Traction

Published 14 July 2016 - I recently spoke to Ed Pieters at Cadran Consultancy. Cadran is a consultancy that specializes in the Oracle... continue reading

What Price Loyalty?

Published 13 July 2016 - Every two years, we undertake the vendor perception study. In fact, we just released the last one. Personally, I find... continue reading

Inbound Marketing and ComTech

Published 12 July 2016 - Recently, I noted the switch going on in our industry towards inbound marketing. Vendors are spending much more... continue reading

Towards A Definition of CTRM in the Cloud

Published 12 July 2016 - Over the last few weeks, a familiar question keeps coming up. What does “cloud’ mean and what actually... continue reading

News

Looming price falls may force big miners to speed up asset sales

(Reuters) by Sonali Paul and Barbara Lewis – Three of the world’s top five miners will need to step up asset sales in the second half of this year to meet a $14 billion full-year target as they race to cut debt, with a recent rally in commodities prices seen as short-lived. The world’s biggest miners predicted doom and gloom for 2016 six months ago when they booked their worst earnings in more than a decade, slashed dividends and put an array of copper, coal, iron ore and other assets on the block. Glencore (GLEN.L), Anglo American (AAL.L) and Vale (VALE5.SA), have so far raised $5.4 billion from asset sales, less than half their target, delaying efforts to reduce debt and boost their battered credit ratings. Investors will... continue reading

Oil falls on oversupply, demand concerns; U.S. crude hits three-month low

(Reuters) by Devika Krishna Kumar – Oil prices fell more than 2 percent on Monday, with U.S. crude hitting a three-month low, on rising concerns that a global glut of crude and refined products would pressure markets, delaying a long-anticipated rebalance in the market. Data from market intelligence firm Genscape pointing to an inventory rise of 1.1 million barrels at the Cushing, Oklahoma delivery point for U.S. crude futures in the week to July 22 weighed on crude prices, said traders who saw the numbers. A massive overhang in refined products, particularly gasoline, despite forecasts for record U.S. summer driving has made investors less optimistic about a quick market rebalancing. “We’ve got gasoline stocks that are... continue reading

Kenkko Corporation Selects Pioneer Solutions Commodity Trading and Risk Management System

Published 22 July 2016 - Denver, CO USA – Pioneer Solutions, a leading provider of commodity trading... continue reading

Brady completes another successful Credit Risk upgrade at Vattenfall in record time

Published 21 July 2016 - 21st July 2016, London: Brady plc (BRY.L), the leading supplier of trading... continue reading

Aspect Sales Soar As Cloud Takes Firm Hold Of CTRM Software Market

Published 20 July 2016 - Aspect, first and largest vendor of cloud-based energy and commodity trade and... continue reading

Thomson Reuters Adds Futures and Options Execution Application for Commodities Traders in Eikon

Published 19 July 2016 - Commodities traders now able to execute futures and options directly from Thomson... continue reading

A structural problem the London Metal Exchange can fix: Andy Home

Published 19 July 2016 - BY ANDY HOME Reuters – Some problems you can’t fix yourself. The... continue reading

LME says to freeze warehouse rental rates for five years

Published 15 July 2016 - Reuters – The London Metal Exchange (LME) took action on Thursday against surging costs at its approved network... continue reading

Oil Traders Scrape Bottom of the Barrel to Seek Out New Fortune

Published 15 July 2016 - (Bloomberg) by Andy Hoffman – The world’s largest oil traders are scraping the bottom of the barrel in search... continue reading

Impala prepares hedge fund to bet on commodity rebound

Published 14 July 2016 - Reuters – Impala Asset Management is forming a new hedge fund to bet on rising commodities prices, according... continue reading

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Wheat futures slump as funds shift into reverse

Soybeans bounce back, while cotton futures surge after a cut to US crop ratings Read More... continue reading

Greater acceleration of renewables required to meet COP21 goal

Solar PV and wind power will be the keys to meeting carbon emission goals set at COP21 last year, but there needs to be a significant... continue reading

CBH plans ’emergency’ storage in face of bumper Aussie grains harvest

Australia’s top grains exporter flags talk of “high” crop yields, and a switch by growers to wheat from coarse grains Read More... continue reading

DuPont profits rise ahead of Dow Chemicals tie up

The company ascribes rising earnings to a prescient cost cutting programme Read More... continue reading

Increased drilling may slow pace of crude oil production declines

Higher and more stable crude oil prices are contributing to increased drilling in the United States, which may slow the pace of production declines. Benchmark West... continue reading

Dismal delivery puts big oil projects at risk

Source: Financial Times, 26th July 2016 The majors can no longer afford delays or cost overruns on ‘megaprojects’ Read the full article on FT.com Read More... continue reading

Tough times generate energy efficiency

Source: Financial Times, 26th July 2016 Impressive progress is being made to reduce the cost of power Read the full article on FT.com Read More... continue reading

Brexit lights slow fuse under EU energy goals

There’s a video doing the rounds on social media that explains how the UK’s foreign policy toward Europe hasn’t changed in 500 years. It’s from a political... 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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