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Increasing Role of the Internet Threatened by DDoS Attacks

Last week, a French hosting company experienced the largest Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack ever recorded. The attack was conducted by a... continue reading

CubeLogic Returns as an Independent Company

Four years after they were acquired by OpenLink, CubeLogic has returned to the market as an independent entity.  In speaking with OpenLink senior management about the divestment of... continue reading

Risk Edge Become Bronze Level Sponsors of CTRM Conference

Risk Edge has become a bronze level sponsor of the CTRM Conference. We thank them for their support of this event. Risk Edge... continue reading

Brady CAB Convenes in Stockholm: A Change in Strategy in the Offing?

I had never been to Stockholm or Sweden for that matter. So the invitation to speak at the Brady PLC CAB in Stockholm... continue reading

Latest News

OPEC agrees modest oil output curbs in first deal since 2008

(Reuters) By Rania El Gamal, Alex Lawler and Vladimir Soldatkin – OPEC agreed on Wednesday modest oil output cuts in the first such... continue reading

Fear of polar vortex repeat lifts U.S. natgas from doldrums

(Reuters) By Scott DiSavino –Fears that the coming winter will be as brutal as the polar vortex of two years ago has started... continue reading

Tokyo Commodity Exchange (TOCOM) Goes Live on Nasdaq Trading Technology

NEW YORK and TOKYO, Sept. 22, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nasdaq, Inc. (Nasdaq:NDAQ) and the Tokyo Commodity Exchange (TOCOM) today announced the successful go-live of TOCOM’s... continue reading

Ancoa becomes a Trayport Certified Software Provider

London, 22 September, 2016 Trayport, a leading provider of energy trading solutions to traders, brokers and exchanges worldwide, announced today that Ancoa has... continue reading

Videos

Interview with TrayPort and Trayport Contigo

The last of our four videos shot in London a couple of weeks ago was recorded at the offices of Trayport in London to discuss the recent acquisition of Contigo by Trayport. In the video, I ask Mr. Simon Piercy about the acquisition and its likely impact on Contigo and its customers before discussing the background to the acquisition with Mr. Elliot Piggot,... continue reading

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Blog

Increasing Role of the Internet Threatened by DDoS Attacks

Last week, a French hosting company experienced the largest Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack ever recorded. The attack was conducted by a botnet composed of at least 150,000 Internet of Things devices and it reached over 1Tbps. In fact, the company was hit by multiple attacks of over 100Gbps and of gradually increasing magnitude until reaching over 1Tbps. This type of attack is not a new thing, but the re-occurrence of this level of attack on key Internet infrastructure is leading industry analysts to raise the question ‘is some one learning how to take down the Internet?’ DDoS attacks are commonplace and the energy and utilities industry has certainly been targeted. A recent survey by analyst firm, Tripwire, of energy, utilities and gas industry IT staff showed... continue reading

CubeLogic Returns as an Independent Company

Four years after they were acquired by OpenLink, CubeLogic has returned to the market as an independent entity.  In speaking with OpenLink senior management about the divestment of CubeLogic, they indicated they made the move in order to focus more on their flagship products – which they believe is the best strategy, and in the best interest, for both their customers and investors. I spoke recently with Roderick Austin, now a partner in CubeLogic, about the once again independent company.  He noted that the group that had initially founded the company (including David Priestley and Lee Campbell) and most of the development team that were in place at the time of acquisition in 2012 have rejoined forces.  Of the split, he noted that both sides felt it... continue reading

Risk Edge Become Bronze Level Sponsors of CTRM Conference

Published 27 September 2016 - Risk Edge has become a bronze level sponsor of the CTRM Conference. We thank them for their support... continue reading

Brady CAB Convenes in Stockholm: A Change in Strategy in the Offing?

Published 26 September 2016 - I had never been to Stockholm or Sweden for that matter. So... continue reading

Raising the Next Generation of Commodity Traders

Published 21 September 2016 - It was the early ‘70s and I was done with the “kids games” of my youth. Chutes &... continue reading

Is European CTRM Demand Finally Picking Up?

Published 20 September 2016 - With significantly lower commodity prices, a plethora of new regulations to deal with, structural changes in the industry... continue reading

SAP Update: Rolling Out New Rural Sourcing Management Application

Published 19 September 2016 - I recently took a briefing call from SAP speaking with the VP... continue reading

The Technologically Fabulous and Economically Challenged World of Rare Earth Metals

Published 15 September 2016 - Perspective and point of reference is critical when making conversation.   For example,... continue reading

Gary Craze joins the CTRMCenter Blog

Published 14 September 2016 - We’re pleased to announce that longtime CTRM industry veteran, Gary Craze, has joined the CTRMCenter blog as a... continue reading

Brady Sees 5% Revenue Growth in Tough Market

Published 12 September 2016 - Highlights Brady PLC released its interim results for the 6-months through 30th June today. The company saw a... continue reading

News

OPEC agrees modest oil output curbs in first deal since 2008

(Reuters) By Rania El Gamal, Alex Lawler and Vladimir Soldatkin – OPEC agreed on Wednesday modest oil output cuts in the first such deal since 2008, with the group’s leader Saudi Arabia softening its stance on arch-rival Iran amid mounting pressure from low oil prices. “OPEC made an exceptional decision today … After two and a half years, OPEC reached consensus to manage the market,” said Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh, who had repeatedly clashed with Saudi Arabia during previous meetings. He and other ministers said the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries would reduce output to a range of 32.5-33.0 million barrels per day. OPEC estimates its current output at 33.24 million bpd. “We have decided to decrease the production around 700,000 bpd,” Zanganeh said. The... continue reading

Fear of polar vortex repeat lifts U.S. natgas from doldrums

(Reuters) By Scott DiSavino –Fears that the coming winter will be as brutal as the polar vortex of two years ago has started a scramble in markets for natural gas, driving the primary U.S. heating fuel’s price to 16-month highs. Gas futures are up 29 percent so far this year, on track for the largest annual percentage gain in 11 years. Some expect prices to keep rising based on expectations of a tight market this winter, due to lower production and more exports. “Unless we start getting some signs of more material supply growth by the December time frame, this is going to be a very tight market,” said Martin King, vice president institutional research at Alberta energy advisory FirstEnergy Capital. Meteorologists at Commodity Weather Group forecast... continue reading

Tokyo Commodity Exchange (TOCOM) Goes Live on Nasdaq Trading Technology

Published 22 September 2016 - NEW YORK and TOKYO, Sept. 22, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nasdaq, Inc. (Nasdaq:NDAQ)... continue reading

Ancoa becomes a Trayport Certified Software Provider

Published 22 September 2016 - London, 22 September, 2016 Trayport, a leading provider of energy trading solutions to traders, brokers and exchanges worldwide,... continue reading

Top Singapore Based Utility Selects OATI Solutions for Commodity Trading and Risk Management Solution

Published 21 September 2016 - Minneapolis, MN – OATI is pleased to announce its first international contract... continue reading

Kynetix collaborates with Imperial College London to put blockchain theory into practice

Published 19 September 2016 - Kynetix, the leading provider of solutions which enable physical commodities to be... continue reading

CREMER Licenses Eka’s Insight CM – Agriculture Next-Generation CTRM Software

Published 19 September 2016 - STAMFORD, Conn., Sept. 19, 2016 — Eka Software Solutions, the leading global... continue reading

U.S. natural gas market rebalancing well underway: Kemp

Published 16 September 2016 - (Reuters) By John Kemp –The U.S. natural gas market is well on the way to rebalancing as unusually... continue reading

SDiX partner with Kynetix to use Sentinel as strategic platform for growth

Published 15 September 2016 - Having successfully launched the world’s first and only electronic commodities exchange trading... continue reading

Brady’s revenue rises despite difficult commodity market conditions

Published 14 September 2016 - DigitalLook – Trading and risk management provider for metals, recycling, energy and... continue reading

CTRM Community

Cocoa turns to coffee sector for answers to demand questions

The cocoa sector can learn a lot from smallholder coffee farmers. But can they answer the key question of “what is chocolate?” Read More... continue reading

Potato farming a ‘bright light’ in UK ag, says Produce Investments

The potato packer sees potato returns proving more favourable than some other sectors, as it unveils a rise in underlying profits Read More... continue reading

ETR Advisory to provide further regulatory training with Entrima

ETR Advisory will be providing further courses on regulatory topics together with Entrima in November in Amsterdam. Two courses will be run: MIFID II – A... continue reading

Finally, smiles at a steel and iron ore conference in 2016

Looking from afar, the crowds cramming into the Dalian Shangri-La Hotel lobby and conference hall during the 16th China International Steel & Iron Ore Conference on... continue reading

Opec to curb output in first deal since 2008

Source: Financial Times, 29th September 2016 Crude prices climb more than 6% as cartel ministers reach consensus on production curbs Read the full article on FT.com... continue reading

Looking at the 5th REMIT Transaction Reporting FAQ – updated

ACER published the 5th version of the transaction reporting FAQ on Monday 26th September, which can be found here. It contains some interesting guidance which can... continue reading

FSSAI draft on alcoholic drinks cites separate regulations for each type

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) recently released the draft standards for alcoholic beverages wherein it defines each type of beverage and cites separate... continue reading

DFRL unveils curd machine and transfers tech of aloe-pineapple drink

The Mysuru-based Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL) unveiled a patented curd-making machine and transferred the technology of its performance-enhancing aloe-pineapple-based anti-fatigue drink to the Jabalpur-based Arboreal... 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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