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Dycotrade Growing Strongly

Ouko Reitsema believes that Dycotrade’s success in the market at the moment is due to happy customers and... continue reading

A Weekend Drive

This weekend, I took a quick trip out to a small Czech brewery in Dalesice. Czech beer is amongst the finest in the world and is certainly one of many good features about the country I currently... continue reading

Be wary of self-proclaimed “analysts” on the internet

NOTE: During the writing of this post, the article/analysis that I’m referencing has been “removed from the site at the author’s request, due... continue reading

All Things Pass

All things pass so they say. When I was growing up in the UK, coal was dying. Mr. Scargill and his miners union held the country to ransom trying to save unprofitable coal pits and the miner’s... continue reading

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Oil prices rise, U.S. crude shrugs off equity slump

Reuters – Oil prices edged up on Tuesday, clawing back some of the losses from a sell-off across broader financial markets, but a... continue reading

OpenLink chosen by Romande Energie for Energy Trading and Risk Management

London and Morges, Switzerland – February 09, 2016 – OpenLink, the global leader in trading and risk management solutions to the energy, commodities,... continue reading

Eka Software Solutions Announces Strategic Partnership with GlobalView

Eka’s Commodity Analytics Cloud platform seamlessly incorporates data from multiple sources including ETRM, CTRM, ERP, CRM, spreadsheets, market curves, weather data, IoT sensors,... continue reading

Zinc shines amid the gloom but what lurks in New Orleans? Andy Home

BY ANDY HOME Reuters – Zinc is the stand-out amid the general industrial metals gloom right now. In a world worried about the... continue reading

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Dycotrade Growing Strongly

Ouko Reitsema believes that Dycotrade’s success in the market at the moment is due to happy customers and successful implementations. Just back from a US trip where he says demand for Dycotrade solutions has never been higher, he reels of a list of active opportunities on both sides of the pond that he is currently responding to. Most, he tells us are referrals from existing customers. The focus for Dycotrade is Ags & softs and metals including concentrates, however active opportunities and recent wins include dairy, cocoa, coffee, malt and grains. The US market may in part be driven by Dodd-Frank reporting due January 1st next year that will result in large penalties for commodity concerns who fail to report appropriately. Dycotrade now has around 45 customer companies using its software and is coming off the back... continue reading

A Weekend Drive

This weekend, I took a quick trip out to a small Czech brewery in Dalesice. Czech beer is amongst the finest in the world and is certainly one of many good features about the country I currently reside in. What I hadn’t realized was that the drive would take me by two CEZ generating facilities. The first is a rather amazing site even from a distance with its massive cooling towers spewing so much water vapor in to the air it makes its own clouds. That facility is a nuclear reactor called Dukovny It comprises four pressurized-water reactors of the Type VVER 440 – Model V 213. Each of these reactors has the heat capacity of 1,375 MW and electric capacity of 510 MW and it uses Uranium Oxide fuel rods. It is a base load generator... continue reading

Be wary of self-proclaimed “analysts” on the internet

Published 5 February 2016 - NOTE: During the writing of this post, the article/analysis that I’m referencing... continue reading

All Things Pass

Published 5 February 2016 - All things pass so they say. When I was growing up in the UK, coal was dying. Mr. Scargill and... continue reading

MEssen Around?

Published 4 February 2016 - February is a lovely time to be headed to northern Germany. In a week or so, thousands will flock to... continue reading

Shifting Markets and Impacts Discussion

Published 3 February 2016 - The market for CTRM software is not homogenous and consists of a number of overlapping markets identified by... continue reading

Vendor Perceptions

Published 1 February 2016 - As stated last week, our vendor perception survey is now up and ready for your views. The survey can be... continue reading

So how bad are the nat gas and power markets? Ask a trader after they get their bonus

Published 29 January 2016 - The US and EUR gas and power markets are bad enough that... continue reading

Commodity Management and CTRM

Published 27 January 2016 - Commodity Management is an emerging application area that is significantly broader than CTRM in some respects and has,... continue reading

Give Us Your Opinion?

Published 22 January 2016 - Its that time again! We are seeking end users and consultants/SI’s to give us their opinions on the E/CTRM vendors... continue reading

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Oil prices rise, U.S. crude shrugs off equity slump

Reuters – Oil prices edged up on Tuesday, clawing back some of the losses from a sell-off across broader financial markets, but a report showing supply will not drop quickly enough to erode a global surplus kept gains in check. The world will store unwanted oil for most of 2016 as declines in U.S. output take time and OPEC is unlikely to cut a deal with other producers to reduce ballooning output, the International Energy Agency said. The agency cut its forecast for 2016 oil demand growth, which now stands at 1.17 million barrels per day (bpd) following a five-year high of 1.6 million in 2015, and reduced its estimate of demand for OPEC crude. “The key issue in the market is the point in time at... continue reading

OpenLink chosen by Romande Energie for Energy Trading and Risk Management

London and Morges, Switzerland – February 09, 2016 – OpenLink, the global leader in trading and risk management solutions to the energy, commodities, corporate and financial services industries, announced today that Romande Energie has chosen its energy trading risk management, optimization, and regulatory reporting solution. Romande Energie, a Switzerland-based energy provider, was seeking to replace its existing portfolio management and trading system, which had been in place for more than six years. OpenLink was chosen for its flexibility, market know-how, ability to cover all business requirements, and proven track record in delivering successful solutions to the mid-tier energy sector. The decision was made following a thorough review of alternative systems. The solution will enable Romande... continue reading

Eka Software Solutions Announces Strategic Partnership with GlobalView

Published 9 February 2016 - Eka’s Commodity Analytics Cloud platform seamlessly incorporates data from multiple sources including... continue reading

Zinc shines amid the gloom but what lurks in New Orleans? Andy Home

Published 8 February 2016 - BY ANDY HOME Reuters – Zinc is the stand-out amid the general... continue reading

New customer for DycoTrade: Rahr Corporation

Published 8 February 2016 - February 8, 2016 – With great pride and joy DycoTrade announces that the Rahr Cooperation (US) has stepped... continue reading

Iran’s crude oil sales to Europe have reached above 300,000 bpd after sanctions: Shana

Published 6 February 2016 - Reuters – Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said on Saturday that Iran‘s... continue reading

Allegro Announces Next Generation Commodity Management Software with Allegro Horizon

Published 5 February 2016 - Newly launched software platform to deliver market leading technology for cross-commodity trading... continue reading

Thomson Reuters Forges Strategic Alliance with Wood Mackenzie to Further Expand Insight into World Oil Markets

Published 5 February 2016 - Thomson Reuters becomes first third-party distributor of Wood Mackenzie data, initially integrating... continue reading

UK watchdog takes aim at new EU commodities, bond market rules

Published 4 February 2016 - (Reuters) By Huw Jones – European Union rules that will introduce curbs on hundreds of commodities contracts to try... continue reading

As energy rout deepens, CME, ICE reap benefit from record volumes

Published 4 February 2016 - Reuters – As a deepening panic has swept across world energy markets... continue reading

Publications Commodity Technology Advisory LLC

CTRM for Sugar – Managing Sugar’s Complexity
CTRM for Sugar – Managing Sugar’s Complexity

Sugar is produced in more than 120 countries and global production is now more than 174 Million tons a year. Approximately 70% of this is produced from sugar cane, largely grown in tropical countries, and the remaining 30% is produced from sugar beet, a root crop grown mostly in northern temperate zones. The primary use and market for sugar is the food industry, as sugar is used as a sweetener, preservative, texture modifier, fermentation substrate, flavoring and coloring agent, bulking agent and to add decoration to food items, such as cakes.

This paper looks at this important commodity in terms of its supply chain, markets, price formation and most importantly, unique functional requirements in a CTRM solution. While there are many CTRM software solutions on the market, there are many fewer that can truly handle the unique aspects of sugar trading. The paper identifies the unique characteristics of sugar trading and sugar trading that needs to be included in a sugar-focused CTRM solution.

CTRM Community

IEA warns of ‘false dawn’ in oil prices

Source: Financial Times, 9th February 2016 Surplus of supply over demand at the start of 2016 is “even greater” than initially expected Read the full article... continue reading

Canadian wheat area to drop this year, exports too

US officials take a more downbeat view of Canada‘s wheat prospects this year than other commentators, citing the ending of a currency tailwind ... continue reading

ADM underlines importance of being wet – in corn milling

The US agribusiness giant buys a corn wet mill from Tate and Lyle, days after revealing it could sell its dry processing plants ... continue reading

European Power and Gas prices continue their decline

London, 9 February 2016 A mid-month cold snap could not prevent Continental European power prices dipping again in January, according to data released by Platts, the... continue reading

Global energy beyond the here and now

Source: Financial Times, 9th February 2016 Themes over next 20 years will be fast rising demand, natural gas and falling emissions Read the full article on... continue reading

Will the US’ ‘M’ gasoline be dead like the mummy? Some say yes

Me: “Let’s talk about prices at the pup.” My many critics: “Don’t you really mean prices at the ‘pump,’ doofus?” No, in this case I really... continue reading

Govt will not rush to implement commercialisation of GM mustard: Javadekar

Environment minister Prakash Javadekar has stated that the government will not rush to implement commercialisation of genetically-modified food crop, mustard. … ... continue reading

8th Global Food Processing Summit to strengthen food processing industry

The 8th Global Food Processing Summit-cum-Awards, a three-day event, being organised by Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham), will get underway on Tuesday.... continue reading

Industry Voices

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

REMIT Emerges – The Rise of Transaction Surveillance in the Energy Industry

Introduction In a world of ever increasing globalisation, markets which were once discrete have become increasingly interlinked and none more so than the wholesale energy... continue reading

October CTRM Recruitment Trends with Carl Vellenoweth

Post CTRM Conference Feedback In this months article, I would like to echo some of the topics mentioned at this years CTRM Conference in London,... continue reading

September Recruitment Update by Carl Vellenoweth

Nowadays, the recruitment market has a somewhat tarnished reputation along with other services within this sector. A good parallel example are the system integrators with... continue reading

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