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Interview Corner – The CTRMCenter Interviews Point To Technology Disruption

The CTRMCenter will often conduct short written interviews with people from around the industry. The interviews can be... continue reading

Still Seeking Your Views On Risk

When ComTech puts out a research report, it is free of charge. More importantly perhaps, we don’t collect any information about who is downloading and using the research.... continue reading

Why I Wouldn’t March For Science

A few days ago there was a bunch of hullaballoo about a march for Science. Apparently, Science is under attack and threatened by false news and so on.... continue reading

ComTech is launching the 2017 CTRM SourceBook

Commodity Technology Advisory (ComTech) is pleased to announce we’ve launched the data collection efforts for the 2017 CTRM SourceBook.  As I’m sure our readers know, the SourceBook has... continue reading

Latest News

U.S. refiners bet on strong exports to balance market

By Jarrett Renshaw and Devika Krishna Kumar | NEW YORK NEW YORK U.S. refiners have come out of maintenance season betting that big... continue reading

Mexico’s Pemex will look to repeat new hedging program

By Adriana Barrera and Anthony Esposito | MEXICO CITY Mexican state-owned oil company Pemex will consider repeating a recently instituted hedging program in... continue reading

CO-OPERATIVE ENERGY CHOOSES CONTIGO’S CLOUD-HOSTED ETRM SOLUTION

The UK’s largest customer-owned energy supplier, Co-op Energy, has chosen Contigo’s cloud-hosted enTrader® Energy Trading and Risk Management (ETRM) solution to improve efficiency... continue reading

OPEC panel recommends six-month extension of oil output cuts: source

An OPEC and non-OPEC technical committee recommended that producers extend a global deal to cut oil supplies for another six months from June,... 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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Interview Corner – The CTRMCenter Interviews Point To Technology Disruption

The CTRMCenter will often conduct short written interviews with people from around the industry. The interviews can be found in the Interview Corner section of the website under the Publications tab. In the last few weeks, we have had some truly insightful interviews on the general theme of the technology revolution that is currently underway in commodities. We have covered, for example, distributed ledger technologies and blockchain via an interview with Scott Riley of Kynetix, a company that has pioneered blockchain via its blockchain consortium. We also covered the attempt by Beacon to create a new type of CTRM solution in the cloud using the very latest technologies and concepts around cloud deployment, in memory... continue reading

Still Seeking Your Views On Risk

When ComTech puts out a research report, it is free of charge. More importantly perhaps, we don’t collect any information about who is downloading and using the research. This means its really easy to download our research and thousands of you do for each and every report. However, we can’t actually produce research reports without asking you for your opinions sometimes. Yes – YOU! We really need your opinions at the moment around risk management in out relatively short survey on the topic. I doubt it will take more than 5 minutes at most to complete and you will be able to get the final report, when ready, absolutely free of charge. Now, we are only seeking responses from end user companies – banks, funds, utilities, oil & gas companies, C&I end users, retailers, generators, farmers, ag.... continue reading

Why I Wouldn’t March For Science

Published 25 April 2017 - A few days ago there was a bunch of hullaballoo about a march for Science. Apparently, Science is... continue reading

ComTech is launching the 2017 CTRM SourceBook

Published 21 April 2017 - Commodity Technology Advisory (ComTech) is pleased to announce we’ve launched the data collection efforts for the 2017 CTRM... continue reading

Contigo Adding Staff For Growth

Published 21 April 2017 - Contigo tell me that they are adding staff, including a couple of more senior appointees, as they look... continue reading

Catching Up with Pioneer Solutions

Published 19 April 2017 - I recently caught up with Hugo Stappers of Pioneer Solutions to discuss general market conditions and Pioneer’s recent... continue reading

In Retrospect, ETRM Was Probably The Wrong Abbreviation

Published 18 April 2017 - A couple of decades ago, locked in mortal combat with another vendor in the early gas marketing, then... continue reading

Brady Invests For Growth

Published 11 April 2017 - Brady PLC released its’ preliminary results on March 14th. 2016 saw the company increase revenues by 11% to 30.3m GBP... continue reading

Changes are coming for the H1B program & it will leave a mark on this space

Published 7 April 2017 - One of Donald Trump’s campaign platforms was that he would either change... continue reading

Three Trends In European ETRM

Published 6 April 2017 - As we enter Q2 of 2017, three things seem to be apparent to me at any rate. They... continue reading

News

U.S. refiners bet on strong exports to balance market

By Jarrett Renshaw and Devika Krishna Kumar | NEW YORK NEW YORK U.S. refiners have come out of maintenance season betting that big exports to Mexico and South America will help alleviate high product inventories and boost margins as the critical summer driving season nears. The first wave of earnings results from several large independent U.S. refiners showed that they are not chasing U.S. gasoline profits, due to already high inventories and steady-but-not-spectacular demand. Instead, they are taking advantage of demand from places like Mexico and South America, where sputtering local refineries cannot meet customer needs. Marathon Petroleum Corp (MPC.N), which just completed its largest-ever quarter of turnaround projects at its three Gulf Coast refineries, expects to process more crude than ever in the second quarter, the... continue reading

Mexico’s Pemex will look to repeat new hedging program

By Adriana Barrera and Anthony Esposito | MEXICO CITY Mexican state-owned oil company Pemex will consider repeating a recently instituted hedging program in future years, as it looks to firm up its balance sheet and avoid the need for surprise budget cuts, a top executive said late on Tuesday. Petroleos Mexicanos [PEMX.UL], as the company is officially known, reported on Tuesday that it has hedged its output through December, the first time it has done so in 11 years, as an insurance policy against volatile oil prices. The oil hedging program, which will run from May to December and guarantees a price of $42 per barrel for up to 409,000 barrels per day, will cost the company $133.5 million. “It’s important to give the market certainty that... continue reading

CO-OPERATIVE ENERGY CHOOSES CONTIGO’S CLOUD-HOSTED ETRM SOLUTION

Published 25 April 2017 - The UK’s largest customer-owned energy supplier, Co-op Energy, has chosen Contigo’s cloud-hosted... continue reading

OPEC panel recommends six-month extension of oil output cuts: source

Published 24 April 2017 - An OPEC and non-OPEC technical committee recommended that producers extend a global... continue reading

Trafigura signs up with AxiomSL for trade and transaction reporting

Published 24 April 2017 - AxiomSL, the global provider of regulatory reporting and risk management solutions announced... continue reading

Tin industry to begin reporting on supply chain standards: ITRI

Published 21 April 2017 - Major tin producers have agreed to begin reporting on compliance with a new code of conduct starting from... continue reading

Freepoint Europe uses DeltaXE solution in European markets

Published 20 April 2017 - Commodity traders Freepoint Commodities Europe LLP (“Freepoint”) Europe uses DeltaXE solution in European markets Powel’s comprehensive software system... continue reading

Europe’s Coal Power Is Going up in Smoke — Fast

Published 19 April 2017 - (Bloomberg) by Jess Shankleman,Tino Andresen, and Mathew Carr – The long goodbye for coal in Europe is accelerating... continue reading

DycoTrade Relation event… Enlightening

Published 18 April 2017 - Dycotrade – End of March, DycoTrade hosted their 4th annual Relation event in The Hague. On March 30... continue reading

Undaunted by oil bust, financiers pour billions into U.S. shale

Published 17 April 2017 - By Ernest Scheyder | HOUSTON Investors who took a hit last year when dozens of U.S. shale producers... 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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