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Disruptive Technology

Just a reminder, we’re currently working on a research effort looking at the impacts of disruptive new technologies in the CTRM space.  If you are a ETRM/CTRM user, provider or consultant, we would sincerely appreciate you sharing... continue reading

Water, Water Everywhere but Not A Drop to Drink

This afternoon, I was catching up with one of our CTRM Thought Leaders – Jan van den Brom of Agiboo – when we got on to an interesting... continue reading

More Climate Change Lunacy

Climate change, as any non-politically inclined geologist will tell you, is a naturally occurring phenomena of a living... continue reading

Catching Up With Blacklight Systems

Just before the Christmas holidays, I talked with David Edwards, Managing Director, of BlackLight Systems. BlackLight Systems claims to be the first commodity trading and risk system to... continue reading

Latest News

IEA sees oil markets tightening as Venezuelan output collapses

LONDON (Reuters) by Dmitry Zhdannikov- Global oil markets are tightening quickly on falling supply from Venezuela, which posted 2017’s biggest unplanned output fall... continue reading

Intel: Problem in patches for Spectre, Meltdown extends to newer chips

(Reuters) by Stephen Nellis – Data center computers with Intel Corp’s (INTC.O) newer chips might reboot more often than normal because of problems... continue reading

CME Group Announces Henry Hub Natural Gas Futures All-Time Daily Volume Record, Surpassing 1 Million Contracts

CHICAGO/PRNewswire/ — CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, today announced it reached a daily... continue reading

Maersk, IBM to launch blockchain-based platform for global trade

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen – The world’s largest container shipping firm A.P. Moller-Maersk is teaming up with IBM to create an industry-wide trading... 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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Disruptive Technology

Just a reminder, we’re currently working on a research effort looking at the impacts of disruptive new technologies in the CTRM space.  If you are a ETRM/CTRM user, provider or consultant, we would sincerely appreciate you sharing your thoughts via our market survey.  It shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes to complete and can be found here – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/disruptCTRM We value your thoughts and very much appreciate your sharing them with us!... continue reading

Water, Water Everywhere but Not A Drop to Drink

This afternoon, I was catching up with one of our CTRM Thought Leaders – Jan van den Brom of Agiboo – when we got on to an interesting topic. The topic was the sheer diversity and number of CTRM solutions on the market – something over a hundred. You would think that buyers would be spoiled for choice with so many different products on the market right? Well, no, not really unless perhaps you want a power or oil ETRM anyway. Mr van den Brom made the observation that if you were looking for a specific commodity solution say like Cocoa or perhaps even metals, the choice was actually very narrow. I had to agree. If you head over to the Directory and start to narrow your... continue reading

More Climate Change Lunacy

Published 11 January 2018

Climate change, as any non-politically inclined geologist will tell you, is a naturally occurring phenomena of a living planet Earth.... continue reading

Catching Up With Blacklight Systems

Published 10 January 2018

Just before the Christmas holidays, I talked with David Edwards, Managing Director, of BlackLight Systems. BlackLight Systems claims... continue reading

ComTech to Participate in Risk webinar

Published 9 January 2018

I’ll be participating in a webinar on January 31st with Lacima on risk. The title of the webinar... continue reading

Give us your Opinion?

Published 8 January 2018

People like to read industry research and check the opinions of their peers. Perhaps they do not enjoy so much... continue reading

Happy New Year – What Does 2018 Have in Store?

Published 2 January 2018

Towards the end of 2017, there were indications that things were beginning to pick up a bit. We... continue reading

I’m changing my name to Blocky Blockchain

Published 22 December 2017

In the surest sign that blockchain madness has consumed the markets, Long Island Iced Tea Company announced yesterday... continue reading

Happy Holidays!

Published 19 December 2017

It’s that time of year again! Yes, Happy Holidays to all of our colleagues, clients, friends and readers and here... continue reading

Aquilon is moving energy settlements to the cloud

Published 18 December 2017

I visited with Michael J. Snayd, VP of Business Development & Marketing at Aquilon Energy Services a few... continue reading

News

IEA sees oil markets tightening as Venezuelan output collapses

LONDON (Reuters) by Dmitry Zhdannikov- Global oil markets are tightening quickly on falling supply from Venezuela, which posted 2017’s biggest unplanned output fall and could see a further decline in 2018, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Friday. Debt and infrastructure problems cut Venezuela’s December output to 1.61 million barrels per day (bpd), somewhere near a 30-year low. That helped oil prices top $70 per barrel in early January, their highest level in three years. “The general perception that the market has been tightening is clearly the overriding factor and, within this overall picture, there is mounting concern about Venezuela’s production,” the IEA, which coordinates energy policy in industrialized nations, said in its monthly report. “Given Venezuela’s astonishing debt and deteriorating oil network, it is possible... continue reading

Intel: Problem in patches for Spectre, Meltdown extends to newer chips

(Reuters) by Stephen Nellis – Data center computers with Intel Corp’s (INTC.O) newer chips might reboot more often than normal because of problems with the patches issued to fix the so-called Spectre and Meltdown security flaws, the company said on Wednesday. Intel confirmed that patches for the security flaws can cause higher-than-expected reboot rates in Ivy Bridge, Sandy Bridge, Skylake and Kaby Lake processors, said Navin Shenoy, general manager of the data center group, in a statement on Intel’s website. The Kaby Lake chips are the company’s most recent offering. Last week, Intel said it had received reports that its security patches were causing problems in systems with its older Broadwell and Haswell chips. Shenoy... continue reading

CME Group Announces Henry Hub Natural Gas Futures All-Time Daily Volume Record, Surpassing 1 Million Contracts

Published 17 January 2018

CHICAGO/PRNewswire/ — CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace,... continue reading

Maersk, IBM to launch blockchain-based platform for global trade

Published 16 January 2018

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen – The world’s largest container shipping firm A.P. Moller-Maersk is teaming up with IBM... continue reading

U.S. oil industry set to break record, upend global trade

Published 16 January 2018

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Surging shale production is poised to push U.S. oil output to more than 10 million... continue reading

Oil prices expected to trade around $60-$70 through 2020: Kemp

Published 12 January 2018

By John Kemp LONDON (Reuters) – Oil prices are expected to remain close to current levels, averaging around... continue reading

Grain glut leaves U.S. farmers facing losses from specialty corn

Published 12 January 2018

CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. farmers who sought to boost revenues by planting corn used to make tortillas may... continue reading

ICE moves some oil contracts to U.S. as MiFID II takes effect

Published 11 January 2018

LONDON (Reuters) – The Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), one of the world’s biggest commodity exchanges, is shifting the trading... continue reading

New York sues fossil fuel majors, plans divestment from pension funds

Published 11 January 2018

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City announced on Wednesday that it... continue reading

MITSUI and WEATHERNEWS LAUNCH DIGITAL MARKETPLACE FOR MARITIME AND SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

Published 10 January 2018

NEW YORK – Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (“Mitsui”, Head Office: Tokyo, Japan,... continue reading

Interview Corner

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

Commodity Markets – A Headhunter’s View

Published 8 November 2017

ComTechAdvisory: Given all of the turmoil in commodity markets this last year or so, how has the job market been impacted? James Richmond: The markets... continue reading

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

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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