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Reuters Poll On Oil Prices

Reuters has polled 29 analysts and economists on their views of oil price given the recent OPEC deal.... continue reading

Dycotrade Heads to the Cloud

A couple of days ago, I spoke with Mr. Arie Willem van der Plas, co-Managing Director at Dycotrade. Our conversation started by addressing the implications of announcement by... continue reading

Barclays is getting out of energy trading

Reuters is reporting that Barclays, one of Britain’s largest banks, is existing the energy markets, joining others financial institutions such as RBS Sempra and Deutsche Bank who had... continue reading

The Amazon Cloud is Starting to Feel like Skynet

As more CTRM vendors and customers look at moving their systems into the cloud, its worth noting that Amazon Web Services (AWS) just wrapped-up their latest Amazon cloud... continue reading

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Qaiwan Group Latest Dubai-Based Trading House to Deploy AspectCTRM

(Aspect PR) The oil trading arm of Qaiwan Group, a diversified conglomerate based in Kurdistan Region of Iraq, is to deploy AspectCTRM, the... continue reading

China goes on unexpected commodities splurge

China’s imports of commodities surged unexpectedly last month putting the world’s second-largest economy on track to set records for shipments of iron ore, coal and soybeans even as... continue reading

OPEC, U.S. begin ‘cat and mouse’ oil game as producers pounce on hedges

(Reuters) By Amanda Cooper and Catherine Ngai – As far as one of the world’s biggest commodities traders,... continue reading

Eka Software Revolutionizes Stockpile Management with Drone Technology

Partners with the University of Adelaide to develop drone photogrammetry for commodities to provide more accurate and efficient stockpile evaluation. Norwalk, Conn. –... continue reading

Videos

Mr Henry Bonner – SVP, OpenLink

In this video from ComTech Advisory, Gary Vasey visits with Mr. Henry Bonner, EVP of Commodity Solutions with OpenLink. Mr. Bonner discusses technology requirements across multiple types of ag and softs firms, including merchants, processors and CPGs. He also provides his views of market drivers that are leading to increased adoption of CTRM for those industries.... continue reading

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Reuters Poll On Oil Prices

Reuters has polled 29 analysts and economists on their views of oil price given the recent OPEC deal. Like me, most don’t see the OPEC deal having much impact on prices in the longer-term and that the deal would need to be extended beyond the six-months currently in play. “In the medium term, we can expect tighter market balances but for a substantial price recovery to take place, significant demand growth will be required to draw down high inventories of crude and products,” said Shakil Begg, head of Thomson Reuters Oil Research and Forecasts. “Curtailments from OPEC are required throughout 2017 to rebalance the market as U.S. shale supplies are expected to hit the market in 2017,” said Rahul Prithiani, director at CRISIL Research. In fact, 16 of those analysts kept their price forecasts unchanged….. Find the... continue reading

Dycotrade Heads to the Cloud

A couple of days ago, I spoke with Mr. Arie Willem van der Plas, co-Managing Director at Dycotrade. Our conversation started by addressing the implications of announcement by Microsoft back in March this year regarding the availability of its next-generation cloud ERP solution, Microsoft Dynamics AX, built on and for Microsoft Azure, in 137 markets in 40 languages. The announcement also stated that “the new Dynamics AX moves beyond traditional business solutions and brings ERP, business intelligence, infrastructure and database services together in a single offering, empowering organizations to run industry-specific and operational business processes that are extendable with specific solutions from partners.” Dycotrade, as a Microsoft solution partner, gains many advantages from announcements like this, Mr. van der Plas told me due to its tight connections with the MS Dynamics AX platform. The cloud version (multi-tenanted)... continue reading

Barclays is getting out of energy trading

Published 5 December 2016 - Reuters is reporting that Barclays, one of Britain’s largest banks, is existing the energy markets, joining others financial... continue reading

The Amazon Cloud is Starting to Feel like Skynet

Published 5 December 2016 - As more CTRM vendors and customers look at moving their systems into the cloud, its worth noting that... continue reading

Run Santa Run….. Contigo’s Email Campaign is Fun

Published 2 December 2016 - As many people know, I am a marketer at heart and I take a lot of interest in... continue reading

A Trip To Heidelberg and the SAP Commodity Management Forum

Published 1 December 2016 - Around 80 delegates attended the SAP Commodity Management Forum in Heidelberg a couple of weeks ago to network... continue reading

The Oil Price Dance

Published 30 November 2016 - Am I the only one that seems a bit puzzled over oil prices? As the chances for an OPEC agreement... continue reading

Current Dislocation Event will Change the Vendor Landscape

Published 28 November 2016 - As 2016 winds down to a close, we are beginning to see the undeniable signs of the ‘dislocation... continue reading

Agiboo’s Subscription Approach Brings Dividends

Published 24 November 2016 - Back in June 2016, Agiboo made an announcement regarding making its Agiblocks CTRM solution available in the cloud... continue reading

Trains, Taxis and Dislocation Events

Published 18 November 2016 - I spent the first part of this week at the SAP Commodity Management Forum in Heidelberg – of... continue reading

News

Qaiwan Group Latest Dubai-Based Trading House to Deploy AspectCTRM

(Aspect PR) The oil trading arm of Qaiwan Group, a diversified conglomerate based in Kurdistan Region of Iraq, is to deploy AspectCTRM, the cloud-delivered commodities trade and risk management solution, it is announced today. Aspect, which pioneered cloud-delivered CTRM, sealed the deal with Qaiwan’s Dubai-based trading operation bringing 2016 to a close with five new customers in Dubai. AspectCTRM is due to begin supporting trading at Qaiwan by April 2017. Aspect’s other 2016 wins in Dubai were all live by the end of September, making Aspect the only CTRM vendor to take any deals from close to live operation in the UAE during 2016. Qaiwan’s Head of Trading Marco Williams said: “We are growing our team of risk managers and traders and need our new people to... continue reading

China goes on unexpected commodities splurge

China’s imports of commodities surged unexpectedly last month putting the world’s second-largest economy on track to set records for shipments of iron ore, coal and soybeans even as concerns linger about slowing economic growth. For some markets, like soybeans, the robust buying was in line with seasonal expectations as livestock farmers scooped up feed for their animals ahead of peak demand for pork and other meat during the nation’s week-long Spring festival. In iron ore, the surge to one of the highest on record was partly due to the arrival of shipments delayed by the week-long Golden Week festival at the end of October. Still, the buying was surprisingly strong even as steel mills and copper fabricators prepared to slow output for weaker demand from the construction... continue reading

OPEC, U.S. begin ‘cat and mouse’ oil game as producers pounce on hedges

Published 7 December 2016 - (Reuters) By Amanda Cooper and Catherine Ngai – As far as one... continue reading

Eka Software Revolutionizes Stockpile Management with Drone Technology

Published 6 December 2016 - Partners with the University of Adelaide to develop drone photogrammetry for commodities... continue reading

Barclays’ exit from energy trading stirs concerns over liquidity

Published 5 December 2016 - (Reuters) By Catherine Ngai & Olivia Oran – British bank Barclays Plc... continue reading

FIS Introduces Gas Trading, Scheduling and Invoicing SaaS ETRM App for Retail

Published 5 December 2016 - (FIS Blog) Although commodity prices have begun to recover, utilities, gas retailers,... continue reading

BP’s Mad Dog leads the oil pack’s return to the Gulf of Mexico

Published 5 December 2016 - Reuters – By Jessica Resnick-Ault | NEW YORK BP Plc’s decision to... continue reading

Red-letter day for oil spreads, as market now sees 2017 rebalancing

Published 2 December 2016 - (Reuters) By Catherine Ngai – After OPEC’s first output cut in eight... continue reading

OPEC’s big cut to oil output may not be so impressive: Russell

Published 2 December 2016 - Reuters – By Clyde Russell | LAUNCESTON, AUSTRALIA (The opinions expressed here... continue reading

OpenLink to Deliver Leading Trade and Risk Management Solutionfor Guttman Energy, Inc.

Published 1 December 2016 - Belle Vernon PA, London and New York – December 1, 2016 –... continue reading

CTRM Community

AM markets: soy rally stalls as Goodhart’s law concept hits

Chicago soybean futures, having been spotted following Dalian peers, find trailing them again tricky. Corn, wheat dip. But what of a Russian freeze? Read More... continue reading

Arabica coffee futures flirt with bear market territory

Arabica coffee futures take above 20% their decline from November highs, undermined by growing supply hopes and weakness in Brazil’s real Read More... continue reading

FERC report on energy trading compliance practices

FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in the US, have published this report, which will also be of value to European market participants complying with REMIT and... continue reading

Shift happens: The slow apocalypse coming for the shipping industry

Take a seat, Nostradamus: I’ve got some news. To quote the rock band REM, it’s the end of the world as we know it. Like the... continue reading

Aspect Houston Holiday Wine Tasting Event Highlights

Tonight, energy traders kicked off the holiday season at our exclusive wine tasting event in Houston. Aspect guests networked with industry professionals, explored the benefits of... continue reading

Are Your Survey Techniques About to Change?

Last year my daughter received a six inch, black and red toy drone that was capable of aerial tricks and able to be flown indoors. She... continue reading

New England natural gas pipeline capacity increases for the first time since 2010

Spectra Energy Corporation has almost completed the first two natural gas pipeline projects in New England since 2010. On November 1, Spectra placed part of the... continue reading

AM markets: palm oil hits 4-year top, helping oilseed gains

Palm oil’s rally continuing, keeping values firm elsewhere in oilseeds too. But corn gives back some of Monday’s gains. What will data later bring? Read More... 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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