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Trouble Up North….

Traders on Nordpool, and who are part of the Nasdaq clearing house, this last week faced a c.$133 million hole in a contingency fund as a trader defaulted as the market moved against him. According to Reuters,... continue reading

Post GDPR – New Marketing Strategies Abound

I have written a number of times about the impact of GDPR on marketing in the CTRM space. However, it has become very clear to me that ingenuity... continue reading

Mining ‘Gold’ From Data

The explosion of data combined with the application of proper data management, AI and ML and visualization tools is opening up previously unheard of opportunities in commodity trading... continue reading

Brady PLC Gears Up For Senior Managers Regime Regulations With Trailight

The Senior Managers Regime (SMR) is a part of UK financial regulations aimed at increasing the personal accountability of senior people in the financial services... continue reading

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Brady announces new product to drive accountability and transparency across the global commodity and energy markets

New Cloud-Based Software Platform Automates the Management Processes Required to Ensure Comprehensive Regulatory Compliance for the FCA Senior... continue reading

SGS CO-LAUNCHES KOMGO, A NEW BLOCKCHAIN-BASED PLATFORM TO TRANSFORM COMMODITY TRADE FINANCE

September 19, 2018 SGS co-launches komgo, a new blockchain-based platform to transform commodity trade finance. As co-investor and... continue reading

Eka Ramps up Its Strength in Engineering and Consulting to Support Double-digit Customer Growth

Eka adds 70 full-time employees and strengthens leadership to fortify growth of its Digital Commodity Management Platform NORWALK,... continue reading

Drillinginfo Acquires Oildex Expanding Capability by Integrating Financial Automation Solutions

Austin, Texas (September 18, 2018) – Drillinginfo, the leading energy SaaS and data analytics company, has acquired Oildex,... continue reading

Videos

CTRMRadio Edition 5 – The Changing Nature of the CTRM Procurement Process

CTRMRadio podcast 5 visits the topic of the changing nature of procurement in the CTRM and CM software space. The Cloud is helping shape a new way to procure software that uses proof of concept or trials to help shape and confirm a decision. With the help of our guests – David Calmonson of EnergyOne, Tim Rogers of Contigo, Richard Williamson and Bruce

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Blog

Trouble Up North….

Traders on Nordpool, and who are part of the Nasdaq clearing house, this last week faced a c.$133 million hole in a contingency fund as a trader defaulted as the market moved against him. According to Reuters, “The derivative trader’s default was triggered by strong fluctuations in regional power market spreads, as heavy rain last week pushed down prices in the hydroelectric-dependant Nordic region, while a spike in the cost of carbon drove up German prices, Nasdaq said. “My position was too big in relation to the market’s liquidity,” trader Einar Aas said in a statement, adding that his portfolio had been sold off by Nasdaq late on Wednesday and that he risked personal bankruptcy. While Nasdaq said it had covered 7 million euros of the total losses, it told members of its commodity clearing operation to... continue reading

Post GDPR – New Marketing Strategies Abound

I have written a number of times about the impact of GDPR on marketing in the CTRM space. However, it has become very clear to me that ingenuity knows no bounds and the software vendors and service providers have adapted to the decimation of their email lists and the difficulties involved in putting out GDPR compliant campaigns. We too have had to shift our strategies a bit and responses to things like surveys are down – primarily because promoting them is now harder and they too are impacted by GDPR and privacy issues – just take a look at our 2018 Vendor Perception Survey to see that the first question is purely about privacy and GDPR. Despite that, we are getting a good response but if you... continue reading

Mining ‘Gold’ From Data

Published 12 September 2018

The explosion of data combined with the application of proper data management, AI and ML and visualization tools... continue reading

Brady PLC Gears Up For Senior Managers Regime Regulations With Trailight

Published 10 September 2018

The Senior Managers Regime (SMR) is a part of UK financial regulations aimed at... continue reading

New CTRMRadio Episode Available – The Changing Nature of the CTRM Procurement Process

Published 7 September 2018

CTRMRadio – Episode 5 is now available to interested listeners. CTRMRadio 5... continue reading

Commodities Engineering and Balsamo Ready to Take Off

Published 6 September 2018

What do you do if you work in the commodities trading business implementing CTRM for many years only... continue reading

Thoughts on Inatech and Techoil

Published 3 September 2018

The ETRM/CTRM software category comprises a wide range of solutions, from those that attempt to cover multiple commodities,... continue reading

Powel Focuses on Automation Across Value Chain

Published 29 August 2018

Recently, I had a call with Stefan Zähringer, General Manager at Powel AG., to catch up with developments... continue reading

iRely is back and finding solid success in Ags and Softs

Published 28 August 2018

We had the opportunity to catch-up with iRely recently, visiting with Meetesh Shah, iRely’s president, and Greg Taylor,... continue reading

Is The Hype around Blockchain Over?

Published 24 August 2018

Just recently, I have noticed more ‘negative’ stories about blockchain appearing. The latest were around a report by... continue reading

News

Brady announces new product to drive accountability and transparency across the global commodity and energy markets

New Cloud-Based Software Platform Automates the Management Processes Required to Ensure Comprehensive Regulatory Compliance for the FCA Senior Managers and Certification Regime London, 18th September 2018: Brady plc (BRY.L), a leading global provider of trading, risk management and settlement solutions to the energy and commodities sectors, today launched a new cloud-based compliance software solution.  Brady Accountability Compliance will support global commodity and energy organisations in managing risk across their organisations by automating the processes required to ensure compliance with the requirements of the FCA Senior Managers Regime, Certification Regime and Conduct Rules (SM&CR). Libby Koehn, Chief Product Officer of Brady, commented: “The demands of the SM&CR requires companies to provide even more transparency across their organisations... continue reading

SGS CO-LAUNCHES KOMGO, A NEW BLOCKCHAIN-BASED PLATFORM TO TRANSFORM COMMODITY TRADE FINANCE

September 19, 2018 SGS co-launches komgo, a new blockchain-based platform to transform commodity trade finance. As co-investor and sole TIC (Testing, Inspection and Certification) representative, SGS announces the launch of komgo SA, a new Geneva-based company, grouping 15 shareholders in the commodities sector. komgo SA will launch a new blockchain-based platform before the end of the year that will transform commodity trade finance by enhancing efficiency and strengthening security. This platform will provide trusted digital ledgers to limit operational risks of fraud, counterfeiting or human error. With all data available on the same platform, komgo will reduce time spent on processing documents and data, which will in turn speed up the transaction process. With this... continue reading

Eka Ramps up Its Strength in Engineering and Consulting to Support Double-digit Customer Growth

Published 19 September 2018

Eka adds 70 full-time employees and strengthens leadership to fortify growth of... continue reading

Drillinginfo Acquires Oildex Expanding Capability by Integrating Financial Automation Solutions

Published 18 September 2018

Austin, Texas (September 18, 2018) – Drillinginfo, the leading energy SaaS and... continue reading

U.S. gives rare earths reprieve in revised $200 billion China tariff list

Published 18 September 2018

Tom Daly BEIJING (Reuters) – The United States did not include rare... continue reading

Lacima to provide commodity analytics capabilities for SAP Commodity Management

Published 18 September 2018

18 September 2018. Lacima, the industry acknowledged and award winning leading provider... continue reading

Nasdaq restores Nordic clearing buffer after power trader default

Published 18 September 2018

Terje Solsvik, Lefteris Karagiannopoulos OSLO (Reuters) – Members of Nasdaq’s Nordic commodities exchange... continue reading

Coffee producers seek urgent talks with industry on low prices

Published 17 September 2018

LONDON (Reuters) by Nigel Hunt – Coffee producers are seeking urgent meetings with major customers such as Nestle, Jacobs... continue reading

BP, Vitol go head to head in West African crude trading

Published 14 September 2018

LONDON (Reuters) by Dmitry Zhdannikov – Oil major BP has clashed with rival Vitol in the once-languid West... continue reading

Trumped: How Seoul’s U.S. trade ‘coup’ left Korea steel in limbo as Japan marches on

Published 13 September 2018

SEOUL/TOKYO (Reuters) – As much as half of output capacity at some... continue reading

Interview Corner

Regulatory Compliance TRADESPARENT

Published 17 September 2018

An interview with Mr. Alexander Regnault, Director Operations, TRADESPARENT ComTech Advisory: TRADESPARENT now offers a variety of different solutions from risk management to regulatory compliance... continue reading

ETRM and PPAs – The View from Down Under

Published 7 August 2018

An interview with Mr. Shaun Ankers, CEO, Energy One ComTech Advisory: Can you give us an update on Energy One? What key initiatives are you... continue reading

FIS Looks to Leverage Products into Energy & Commodities

Published 26 June 2018

ComTech Advisory: FIS Energy & Commodities is just a part of a larger group of products and business units offering trading and risk products that... continue reading

Brady’s Product Strategy and Direction – Interview with Ms. Libby Koehn, Chief Product Office, Brady PLC

Published 3 April 2018

Ms. Libby Koehn joined Brady PLC recently as Chief Product Officer. We asked her about Brady’s strategy, products and views on market developments. ComTech Advisory:... continue reading

An Interview with Rich Jefferson, Commodities COO at Beacon

Published 27 March 2018

Comtech recently had the opportunity to visit with Mr. Rich Jefferson, Commodities COO at Beacon to get his thoughts about Beacon Growing Rapidly and Finding... continue reading

FIS Gear Up to Launch Multiple Product Strategy into Commodities

Published 20 February 2018

Commodity Technology Advisory asks Dr. Markus Seiser, COO, FIS Energy, about FIS’s strategy and plans for Energy & Commodities ComTech Advisory: FIS now markets its... continue reading

Interview with Metafused

Published 1 February 2018

ComTech Advisory: What is Metafused and what does it offer? Madhuban Kumar: Metafused’s platform provides automated AI predictions for financial services and increases their efficiencies... continue reading

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

Industry Voices

Trading Re-imagined – How Digitization is Reshaping the Commodity Trading Industry

The Commodity Trading industry is on the cusp of transformation – and Digitization is at the heart of the change. By Cyrus Dadachanji, Partner, Midstream... continue reading

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

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