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Allegro continues to find success in 2017

I had the opportunity to get a briefing from Allegro’s marketing and product management teams this week…and in summary, its clear that 2017 has been a good year... continue reading

New Platform Targets Ferroalloys and Specialty Metals Trading

Last week, I had a call with Frank Jackel, founder of metalshub, to discuss this interesting initiative in more detail. According to its... continue reading

Generation10’s Vision Takes Root

G10 has a surprising array of tools, applications, and services available to the commodities business and the company’s growth, at a time when others are retracting, is evidence... continue reading

All good things come to he who waits….

I was discussing some poor use of the English language recently and remembered this wonderful book I used at school – ‘First Aid in English’. I have just... continue reading

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SoOum Corp Launches Updated International Commodities Trading Platform

NEW YORK, Nov. 16, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — SoOum Corp. (OTCPINK:SOUMD) (OTCPINK:SOUM) (“SoOum” or “the Company”), a Physical Commodities Arbitrage Trading Company offering... continue reading

U.S. to account for most world oil output growth over 10 years: IEA

BONN, Germany (Reuters) – The United States is expected to account for more than 80 percent of global oil production growth in the... continue reading

Glencore says grain M&A hunt goes on after it passes on several targets

GENEVA (Reuters) by Gus Trompiz – Commodities giant Glencore (GLEN.L) has made unsuccessful moves for three or four... continue reading

Noble Energy Implements Allegro Horizon

Independent Oil and Gas Exploration Company Accelerates its Cloud-first Strategy with Allegro’s Forward-compatible CTRM Solutions DALLAS, TX, Nov. 14, 2017 – Allegro Development Corp., a leading provider of... continue reading

Videos

An Interview with Tim Rogers – Contigo

In this edition of Conversations with Leaders in CTRM, Gary Vasey visits with Mr. Tim Rogers, Head of Sales and Business Development at Contigo. Mr. Rogers discusses the impact of technology on a rapidly evolving market and the role of Contigo under these and future market conditions.... continue reading

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Blog

Allegro continues to find success in 2017

I had the opportunity to get a briefing from Allegro’s marketing and product management teams this week…and in summary, its clear that 2017 has been a good year for the company despite continuing challenges in the broader CTRM markets. With a total of 44 new customers and 39 new “go lives”, Allegro has done very well in what has been, at best, a moderately improving market for most other vendors. The team notes that the company’s year-to-date revenues are up vs. the same period last year, with the increase driven in large part by growing demand for Allegro’s cloud offerings (22 new Horizon customers, and 15 new Allegro Air customers have chosen to deploy their new systems in the Microsoft Azure cloud). As we indicated early this... continue reading

New Platform Targets Ferroalloys and Specialty Metals Trading

Last week, I had a call with Frank Jackel, founder of metalshub, to discuss this interesting initiative in more detail. According to its website, metalshub will provide a digital marketplace for metals and ferroalloys to promote a more efficient and liquid physical market. Established in 2016, metalshub is based in Düsseldorf, Germany but operates globally. It is an international team with team members from five different countries and extensive experience in physical metals trading and logistics. Indeed, Frank and his co-founder have been in the metals business for around 20-years, working for Anglo American and The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), and have relevant academic backgrounds as well. The idea, Frank told me, was that “ferrous metals and alloys today have no index listings and are as a result, quite... continue reading

Generation10’s Vision Takes Root

Published 13 November 2017

G10 has a surprising array of tools, applications, and services available to the commodities business and the company’s... continue reading

All good things come to he who waits….

Published 10 November 2017

I was discussing some poor use of the English language recently and remembered this wonderful book I used... continue reading

ION Investment Group and Aspect Enterprise Solutions – What’s The Deal?

Published 9 November 2017

Last week, we had a conversation with Aspect Enterprise Solutions (Aspect) CEO,... continue reading

Lacima Targets the Trader’s Desktop with New Risk Tools

Published 9 November 2017

I recently spoke to Dr. Chris Strickland, CEO of Lacima. Lacima has today announced a new product line... continue reading

‘Peak Oil’ is a Political Statement

Published 8 November 2017

The words ‘peak oil’ are a close second to ‘climate change’ when it comes to getting me worked... continue reading

CTRM – A Growing Replacement Market?

Published 1 November 2017

Over the years, I have advised many clients and interested parties alike that replacing an implemented CTRM solution... continue reading

CTRM Conference 2017 Photos

Published 31 October 2017

For those interested, we have posted a number of photographs of the recent CTRM Conference. These may be found here.... continue reading

New Research – Disruptive Technologies

Published 30 October 2017

As a follow up to the CTRM Conference (Kindly sponsored by Agiboo, Factum, Inatech, Invensoft, Pioneer, Allegro, Aspect,... continue reading

News

SoOum Corp Launches Updated International Commodities Trading Platform

NEW YORK, Nov. 16, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — SoOum Corp. (OTCPINK:SOUMD) (OTCPINK:SOUM) (“SoOum” or “the Company”), a Physical Commodities Arbitrage Trading Company offering a web-based International Trade Platform, summarizes its mission and strategy for building corporate governance, and developing a revenue generating platform. The business model of SoOum Corp has always revolved around its ultimate mission- “MINIMIZE global scarcity, especially in Frontier and emerging markets.”  SoOum’s idea is to facilitate new business to local manufacturers, while helping in the global epidemic of hunger in various parts of the world. SoOum Corp is a “Physical Commodities International Trading” firm, specializing in arbitrage based transactions of Physical Commodities, as well as offering a web based International Trading Platform. A catalyst... continue reading

U.S. to account for most world oil output growth over 10 years: IEA

BONN, Germany (Reuters) – The United States is expected to account for more than 80 percent of global oil production growth in the next 10 years and it will produce 30 percent more gas than Russia by that time, he International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Thursday. “This has implications on the oil markets, prices, trade flows, investment trends and the geopolitics of energy,” IEA head Fatih Birol said at a U.N. climate conference in Bonn. He said the United States, whose upstream energy industry has seen a resurgence with the development of fracking technology, would become the “undisputed leader of oil and gas production worldwide.” On the broader market, he said the IEA expected... continue reading

Glencore says grain M&A hunt goes on after it passes on several targets

Published 15 November 2017

GENEVA (Reuters) by Gus Trompiz – Commodities giant Glencore (GLEN.L) has made... continue reading

Noble Energy Implements Allegro Horizon

Published 14 November 2017

Independent Oil and Gas Exploration Company Accelerates its Cloud-first Strategy with Allegro’s Forward-compatible CTRM Solutions DALLAS, TX, Nov.... continue reading

Large corn, soybean, wheat trading volumes ‘down to growth of algo funds’

Published 14 November 2017

by Mike Verdin Growing levels of investor bets on corn, soybean and... continue reading

Oil markets cautious on Middle East tensions, increased U.S. drilling

Published 13 November 2017

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Oil trading was cautious on Monday amid ongoing tensions... continue reading

Sinking feeling: Asian floating oil storage declines as crude market tightens

Published 10 November 2017

SINGAPORE (Reuters) by Henning Gloystein and Roslan Khasawneh – The amount of... continue reading

Boliden (SE) convinced: Dynamics 365 for operations and DycoTrade…

Published 10 November 2017

By the end of June a final contract between Boliden (SE) and DycoTrade has... continue reading

Sophisticated Analytics For Traders

Published 9 November 2017

9 November 2017.  Lacima is proud to announce the launch of the Lacima Trader suite of products designed to meet... continue reading

Sky-high stock market has investors looking to commodities

Published 9 November 2017

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A growing number of investors are plowing money into commodities, seeking to diversify their... continue reading

Interview Corner

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

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

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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