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Powel’s Intraday and automated trading solutions

I recently took a briefing from Powel, primarily around their intra-day and automated trading offerings. Powel is now... continue reading

New Models For CTRM Procurement?

In the past, the typical CTRM procurement often involved long and expensive RFIs and RFPs, demonstrations, scorings and decisions. With the advent of the cloud along with all... continue reading

Where is CTRM Headed?

This last 6-months or so, this is a question I have been asking myself. The interest levels in Blockchain are high and many trials are being conducted in the commodity trading area. Will blockchain replace CTRM? It’s... continue reading

Dislocations and Adaptions

In our book and many different papers over the years, Patrick and I have talked about the evolution... continue reading

Latest News

The Energy Authority Selects Allegro’s CTRM to Manage Power and Gas Trading Portfolio

Energy portfolio management leader chooses Allegro’s software to streamline efficiencies and reduce risks   DALLAS – Allegro Development Corp.,... continue reading

Oil prices rise on signs of tightening market

Christopher Johnson LONDON (Reuters) – Oil prices rose on Tuesday, lifted by indications that supply is gradually tightening, especially in the United States. Brent crude oil LCOc1 was... continue reading

French group Total buys Maersk Oil in $7.5 billion deal

PARIS/COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Total (TOTF.PA) is buying Maersk Oil in a $7.45 billion deal which the French oil major said would boost its... continue reading

Blockchain Revolution is Gunning for the $27 Billion Gold Market Trading

Public online ledgers that emerged from the explosive markets for bitcoin, a virtual currency, already have drawn the attention of businesses from banks to retailers who see blockchain... continue reading

Videos

Gavin Lavelle – President and CEO, Brady PLC

ComTech Advisory visits with Brady’s president and CEO, Gavin Lavelle in this latest episode of Trends and Issues in CTRM Technology. Mr. Lavelle discusses several of the emerging issues in the European energy and commodity markets and provides his views on the future of SaaS and hosted software delivery.... continue reading

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Blog

Powel’s Intraday and automated trading solutions

I recently took a briefing from Powel, primarily around their intra-day and automated trading offerings. Powel is now a sizable company with offices in 7 countries including south America however, its primary area of activity remains Europe where it has a large number of prestigious clients in the electricity sector amongst its about 1300 European customers. It is a leading supplier of software solutions to the energy, public and contracting sectors and it utilizes ‘service design thinking’ to co-create solutions together with its clients by bringing domain expertise, design and a comprehensive technology platform to the table. One such initiative resulted in the intra-day and automated trading solution which, certain Nordic and central European clients helped to co-develop. The intra-day trading application is connected to both Nordpool... continue reading

New Models For CTRM Procurement?

In the past, the typical CTRM procurement often involved long and expensive RFIs and RFPs, demonstrations, scorings and decisions. With the advent of the cloud along with all of the issues and challenges faced by commodity-focused businesses today, this is undoubtedly changing. Disruptive technologies cannot succeed with equal innovation in procurement, delivery and even development. In the last few days, I have spoken to people from across the industry who are confirming that a set of new procurement trends are emerging; The proof of concept – a paid or free proof of concept allows users and decision makers not just to evaluate a particular solution but also prepare a business case for investment. Solutions delivered in the cloud may be relatively easily made available for trial and/or proof of concepts so it is relatively cost effective for... continue reading

Where is CTRM Headed?

Published 18 August 2017

This last 6-months or so, this is a question I have been asking myself. The interest levels in Blockchain are... continue reading

Dislocations and Adaptions

Published 17 August 2017

In our book and many different papers over the years, Patrick and I have talked about the evolution of C/ETRM... continue reading

ETRM – Live in concert!

Published 16 August 2017

It’s been a few weeks since I put virtual pen to paper to entertain the masses. I’ve been... continue reading

CTRM Conference News

Published 15 August 2017

By the end of this week, the agenda for the 2017 CTRM Conference will be complete – we are just... continue reading

Please Register Early for the CTRMConference

Published 14 August 2017

As the summer winds down and people return to work, I’d like to turn your attention to the... continue reading

CTRM Conference Shaping Up

Published 9 August 2017

The CTRMConference is a unique 1-day event that is focused on the $1.6billion CTRM software category to be held on... continue reading

The Market for CTRM Products and Services declined by more than 7% in 2016

Published 31 July 2017

ComTech is currently finalizing our 2017 CTRM Market Trends and Outlook Report,... continue reading

Agiboo Sponsor 2017 CTRM Conference

Published 20 July 2017

We would like to thank Agiboo for their Bronze sponsorship of the 2017 CTRMConference to be held in... continue reading

News

The Energy Authority Selects Allegro’s CTRM to Manage Power and Gas Trading Portfolio

Energy portfolio management leader chooses Allegro’s software to streamline efficiencies and reduce risks   DALLAS – Allegro Development Corp., a global leader in energy trading and risk management software, announced today that its platform has been chosen by The Energy Authority (TEA), a U.S. energy trading and advisory company, to serve as the firm’s energy trading and risk management system.   Energy trading and risk management software is a critical tool for trade execution, portfolio management and other core services TEA delivers to its public power utility clients across the U.S. Last year, TEA identified the need for a more comprehensive, streamlined trading and real-time credit exposure management solution, as well as a fully-integrated system that... continue reading

Oil prices rise on signs of tightening market

Christopher Johnson LONDON (Reuters) – Oil prices rose on Tuesday, lifted by indications that supply is gradually tightening, especially in the United States. Brent crude oil LCOc1 was up 40 cents at $52.06 a barrel by 0715 GMT. U.S. light crude CLc1 was 35 cents higher at $47.72. “U.S. crude oil stocks have been falling consistently in recent weeks,” said Fawad Razaqzada, market analyst at futures brokerage Forex.com. “If the downtrend in oil inventories is maintained, then a bullish case can be made for oil, especially given the ongoing supply restrictions from OPEC and Russia,” he added. U.S. commercial crude inventories have fallen by almost 13 percent from their March peaks, to 466.5 million barrels. C-STK-T-EIA U.S. crude production has broken through 9.5 million barrels per day... continue reading

French group Total buys Maersk Oil in $7.5 billion deal

Published 21 August 2017

PARIS/COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Total (TOTF.PA) is buying Maersk Oil in a $7.45 billion deal which the French oil... continue reading

Blockchain Revolution is Gunning for the $27 Billion Gold Market Trading

Published 18 August 2017

Public online ledgers that emerged from the explosive markets for bitcoin, a... continue reading

Indian Commodity Exchange to launch diamond futures contracts on August 28

Published 18 August 2017

The Indian Commodity Exchange Limited (ICEX), a Reliance ADAG-anchored platform, today announced... continue reading

Brazil farmers run out of space as bumper crops pile up

Published 17 August 2017

SORRISO, Brazil (Reuters) – At a warehouse in the heart of Brazil’s agriculture sector, farmer Rafael Bilibio watches... continue reading

Goodbye contango? Oil’s long march toward backwardation: Kemp

Published 16 August 2017

LONDON (Reuters) by John Kemp – “The rebalancing of the oil market... continue reading

CFTC Fines Copersucar Trading $300,000 Over Illegal Wash Trades

Published 16 August 2017

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has settled charges against Copersucar Trading AVV, a commodities trading subsidiary... continue reading

Oil ‘God’ Blames Weaker Outlook and Algos in His Goodbye Letter

Published 15 August 2017

Bloomberg – Andy Hall, the oil trader known to many as “God”,... continue reading

How Energy Hedge Funds Are Making Money as Oil Prices Stagnate

Published 14 August 2017

For the oil-trading community, the fall of hedge fund manager Andy Hall signaled a heavy blow, but while... continue reading

Interview Corner

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

Commodity Auctions and Exchanges

Published 10 October 2016

Interview with Phil Bird Perfect Channel ComTechAdvisory: Can you tell us a little about Perfect Channel? How did it get started and what are its... continue reading

The Importance of Modern Technology to Minimise Risk in Energy Trading

Published 1 July 2016

We recently asked Adrian Bullock, CEO at Contigo, what he was seeing in terms of ETRM software in Europe. His take was that having a... 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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