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2016 CTRM Conference – Speaker Profile

Here in the second of our speaker profiles, we feature Mr. Saurabh Goyal, of OLAM Europe Ltd. Mr. Goyal will speak on the topic ‘CTRM: Issues, Challenges and... continue reading

CTRM Zombies

With the market for ETRM/CTRM software now almost 25 years old, I find it interesting to look back at the litany of vendors and products that have succeeded, disappeared or have simply hung around over that time.... continue reading

2016 CTRM Conference – Speaker Profile

In the run up to the 2016 CTRM Conference, we will feature some of our speakers lined up for the event. This year we have a compelling line... continue reading

August In Europe: A Continent On Vacation

One thing I know very well is that Americans simply don’t take proper vacations. In Europe, I think the other extreme may well be true! For me, August... continue reading

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

By James Regan | SYDNEY Reuters – Resource companies are racing to dig zinc mines, betting that markets for the metal used to... continue reading

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

(Bloomberg) by Jasmine Ng – Iron ore, dubbed by Citigroup Inc. as one of the hot commodities of 2016, looks set to cool off.... continue reading

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

(Reuters) by Sonali Paul – Spending cuts and weak global liquefied natural gas prices have forced the operator of the $18.5 billion Gladstone LNG... continue reading

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

(Reuters) by Catherine Ngai and Liz Hampton – A rare opening of an export window for crude moving from the U.S. Gulf to Western... continue reading

Videos

Mr. Richard Williamson, CEO of Generation 10 Ltd

While in London, we also had the opportunity to talk to Mr. Richard Williamson, CEO of G10. With a 13-year history in the cotton and other Agricultural sectors, G10 has recently re-engineered its CTRM and other software to provide a web-enabled suite of solutions to its clients. I asked Mr. Williamson to give us a little background on his company, its history in... continue reading

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2016 CTRM Conference – Speaker Profile

Here in the second of our speaker profiles, we feature Mr. Saurabh Goyal, of OLAM Europe Ltd. Mr. Goyal will speak on the topic ‘CTRM: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities – An end users view‘ in the afternoon of the CTRM Conference. Saurabh Goyal Saurabh has overall 18 years of experience in the trading and risk management domain. Saurabh currently heads the CTRM portfolio for Olam Europe Ltd. In the last 7 years at Olam, he has implemented & supported several CTRM solutions for agri products like Grains, Cocoa, Coffee, Cotton, Sugar, Palm/Rubber and CFS (Commodity Financial Services). He also lead the development of Olam’s Risk portal where all the enterprise, counterparty, credit and market risks are consolidated. Saurabh holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a... continue reading

CTRM Zombies

With the market for ETRM/CTRM software now almost 25 years old, I find it interesting to look back at the litany of vendors and products that have succeeded, disappeared or have simply hung around over that time. While the few earliest solutions that were available in what has become the CTRM market were dedicated to managing wholesale trading in US natural gas, the continuing liberalization of energy and other commodity markets around the globe, combined with the growing adoption of vendor supplied products, has led to a huge growth in vendor counts. The number of vendors and products that offer capabilities for managing some or all of the commodity trading and risk management value chain has grown from just a handful in the early 90’s to over 100 today. Very few vendors today can claim to have... 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

CTRM Conference Regulatory Panel Finalised

Published 15 August 2016 - The 2016 CTRM Conference to be held October 27th in London will look at CTRM software in the... continue reading

David and Goliath

Published 10 August 2016 - For the last twenty-years, I have been reliably informed by all sorts of experts that eventually, the CTRM software sector... continue reading

Oil Traders Panic…not because of prices, but because Yahoo Messenger is going away

Published 9 August 2016 - Yahoo announced last month that they’re ending support of their legacy versions... continue reading

Perfect Channel Announced as Bronze Sponsor of 2016 CTRM Conference

Published 9 August 2016 - Perfect Channel, the experts in creating intelligent, enterprise-level auction and trading technologies,... continue reading

News

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

By James Regan | SYDNEY Reuters – Resource companies are racing to dig zinc mines, betting that markets for the metal used to rust-proof steel and protect noses from sunburn have finally turned after a decade in the doldrums. A supply glut is evaporating as big zinc mines run dry, commodity analysts say, helping drive up prices by nearly half this year and triggering investments in new and long-dormant projects from Greenland to Africa. “There is a sense of urgency that the zinc price will continue to appreciate in coming years and we want to start construction as soon as possible to take advantage of that,” said Simon Smith, finance manager of Heron Resources, which is spending A$190 million to return a landfill site in Australia to... continue reading

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

(Bloomberg) by Jasmine Ng – Iron ore, dubbed by Citigroup Inc. as one of the hot commodities of 2016, looks set to cool off. Prices may soon sag as supply rises and steel demand fades, the bank said, adding to a chorus of forecasters who are calling time on an unexpected rally. The raw material will average $51 a metric ton in the final quarter and $45 in 2017 under the base-case scenario, analysts led by Ed Morse said in a report received Tuesday. That compares with Metal Bulletin Ltd.’s 62 percent content price of $61.75 a dry ton on Tuesday, and a year-to-date average of $53.64. “Believe it or not iron ore, coal are the hot commodities of 2016,” the bank said in the note, advising that investors “fade... 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

CMA says may revoke ICE’s $650 million Trayport takeover

Published 17 August 2016 - By Huw Jones | LONDON Reuters – Financial and commodity markets operator Intercontinental Exchange (ICE.N) should consider reversing... continue reading

After years of pain, coal becomes one of the hottest commodities of 2016

Published 17 August 2016 - By Henning Gloystein | SINGAPORE Reuters – Less than a year after... continue reading

Gas Glut Upends Global Trade Flows as Buyers Find Leverage

Published 16 August 2016 - (Bloomberg) by Tsuyoshi Inajima – The market for liquefied natural gas is about to attract more players and more trading... continue reading

Volatility ahead for U.S. crude as investors split bets

Published 16 August 2016 - (Reuters) By Devika Krishna Kumar – U.S. crude oil is set for a volatile path ahead as both... continue reading

CTRM Community

Record heat fans commodity markets

Source: Financial Times, 24th August 2016 Hot weather in the US buoys natural gas prices as air conditiong demand rockets Read the full article on FT.com... continue reading

Turkish cotton demand rises, as textile industry modernises

Turkish textiles are winning market share in Europe, after political upheaval hits Middle Eastern and Black Sea markets Read More... continue reading

Gold losing lustre, in favour of ags, for share investors

At least, that is what analysis of the strategy being followed by renowned stockpicker David Iben shows, as he takes a 5% stake in SLC Agricola... continue reading

As Japan and South Korea import less LNG, other Asian countries begin to import more

Japan, South Korea, and China are the three largest importers of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the world, accounting for over half of global LNG imports... continue reading

Consumer-focused regulatory framework need of the hour, says Indian PM

India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, called for a consumer-focused approach to the regulatory framework. On completion of ten years of the Food Safety and Standards Act,... continue reading

Vadodara civic body abolishes health licences for hotels & restaurants

The Vadodara Municipal Corporation abolished health licences for hotels and restaurants operating in the city. According to a notification issued by the corporation … Read More... continue reading

‘Value not volume’ the new mantra as iron ore majors slow down

Things have changed in the land of the red dust. In Australia, BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto have lifted their boots off the iron ore expansion... continue reading

Robusta coffee futures to outperform arabica prices – Rabobank

The bank sees a “delayed demand response” offering particular support to robusta coffee prices, as it lifts world output deficit estimates 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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