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Where is CTRM Headed?

This last 6-months or so, this is a question I have been asking myself. The interest levels in Blockchain are high and many trials are being conducted in the commodity trading area. Will blockchain replace CTRM? It’s... continue reading

Dislocations and Adaptions

In our book and many different papers over the years, Patrick and I have talked about the evolution... continue reading

ETRM – Live in concert!

It’s been a few weeks since I put virtual pen to paper to entertain the masses. I’ve been occupied with other work activities and a family overseas wedding,... continue reading

CTRM Conference News

By the end of this week, the agenda for the 2017 CTRM Conference will be complete – we are just waiting on materials from speakers at this point. However, we are very pleased to announce several additions... continue reading

Latest News

French group Total buys Maersk Oil in $7.5 billion deal

PARIS/COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Total (TOTF.PA) is buying Maersk Oil in a $7.45 billion deal which the French oil major said would boost its... continue reading

Blockchain Revolution is Gunning for the $27 Billion Gold Market Trading

Public online ledgers that emerged from the explosive markets for bitcoin, a virtual currency, already have drawn the attention of businesses from banks to retailers who see blockchain... continue reading

Indian Commodity Exchange to launch diamond futures contracts on August 28

The Indian Commodity Exchange Limited (ICEX), a Reliance ADAG-anchored platform, today announced that it will launch the world’s first diamond futures contracts on... continue reading

Brazil farmers run out of space as bumper crops pile up

SORRISO, Brazil (Reuters) – At a warehouse in the heart of Brazil’s agriculture sector, farmer Rafael Bilibio watches truck after truck line up... continue reading

Videos

Conversation with DataGenic Leadership Team

In this edition of Conversations with Leaders in CTRM, Patrick Reames talks with Mr. Richard Quigley, CEO of DataGenic and Mr. Eric Fishhaut, President – Americas, DataGenic, about the company’s expansion into the North American markets and recent developments within their business.... continue reading

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Blog

Where is CTRM Headed?

This last 6-months or so, this is a question I have been asking myself. The interest levels in Blockchain are high and many trials are being conducted in the commodity trading area. Will blockchain replace CTRM? It’s early to answer that question but plainly, there are those who believe that it may. How many current vendors are working with Blockchain? I have to believe some are but I have seen little sign of it – please do let me know if you are working with Blockchain. Will CTRM become a low cost, cloud solution? The answer here is perhaps a little clearer. CTRM in the Cloud is taking off and out forthcoming Market Sizing report will both show that and make some growth rate predictions as well (next week this report should be launched). But what do... continue reading

Dislocations and Adaptions

In our book and many different papers over the years, Patrick and I have talked about the evolution of C/ETRM software in terms of technology adoption curves and market dislocations. Some of you might be familiar with out model? The general idea is that the technology adoption curve for E/CTRM software keeps on getting ‘dislocated’ by sudden changes in the industry – Enron, Regulations, deregulation of markets, and so on.       The impact of these market dislocations is to stall the natural growth of the adoption curve creating a set of stranded products from smaller vendor who cannot afford to adapt while creating a new and larger market/adoption curve for an enhanced version of CTRM. Some products and vendors survive and transition while there is an opportunity for new entrants in the form of start... continue reading

ETRM – Live in concert!

Published 16 August 2017

It’s been a few weeks since I put virtual pen to paper to entertain the masses. I’ve been... continue reading

CTRM Conference News

Published 15 August 2017

By the end of this week, the agenda for the 2017 CTRM Conference will be complete – we are just... continue reading

Please Register Early for the CTRMConference

Published 14 August 2017

As the summer winds down and people return to work, I’d like to turn your attention to the... continue reading

CTRM Conference Shaping Up

Published 9 August 2017

The CTRMConference is a unique 1-day event that is focused on the $1.6billion CTRM software category to be held on... continue reading

The Market for CTRM Products and Services declined by more than 7% in 2016

Published 31 July 2017

ComTech is currently finalizing our 2017 CTRM Market Trends and Outlook Report,... continue reading

Agiboo Sponsor 2017 CTRM Conference

Published 20 July 2017

We would like to thank Agiboo for their Bronze sponsorship of the 2017 CTRMConference to be held in... continue reading

Talking Oil Price

Published 19 July 2017

It can’t be much fun to be Saudi right now. Everyday, talking up the idea that OPEC can and will... continue reading

FERDEC and Trade Surveillance

Published 17 July 2017

There are a host of consultancy companies that are focused on the various aspects of commodity trading and... continue reading

News

French group Total buys Maersk Oil in $7.5 billion deal

PARIS/COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Total (TOTF.PA) is buying Maersk Oil in a $7.45 billion deal which the French oil major said would boost its earnings and cash flow, and bolster its dividend prospects. Danish company AP Moller Maersk (MAERSKb.CO) is selling its Maersk Oil division to Total to focus on other activities including its shipping business. Under the terms of the deal, A.P. Moller Maersk will get $4.95 billion in Total shares and Total will assume $2.5 billion of Maersk Oil’s debt. Maersk said it plans to return a “material portion of the value of the received Total S.A. shares” to shareholders in 2018 and 2019 in the form of extraordinary dividend, share buyback or distribution of shares in Total.  The world’s top oil companies have been back... continue reading

Blockchain Revolution is Gunning for the $27 Billion Gold Market Trading

Public online ledgers that emerged from the explosive markets for bitcoin, a virtual currency, already have drawn the attention of businesses from banks to retailers who see blockchain systems as a revolutionary way to verify and record transactions. Now, companies including exchange owner CME Group Inc., IEX Group Inc. spinoff TradeWind Markets and financial technology firm Paxos are rolling out similar platforms to bring gold into the digital age. About $27 billion of gold changes hands every day in over-the-counter markets where settlements can sometimes take days, leaving price risk for buyers and sellers. Using blockchain promises more transparency, security and speedier deals. It also could attract new participants at a time when investors are souring on gold-backed exchange traded-funds, a... continue reading

Indian Commodity Exchange to launch diamond futures contracts on August 28

Published 18 August 2017

The Indian Commodity Exchange Limited (ICEX), a Reliance ADAG-anchored platform, today announced... continue reading

Brazil farmers run out of space as bumper crops pile up

Published 17 August 2017

SORRISO, Brazil (Reuters) – At a warehouse in the heart of Brazil’s agriculture sector, farmer Rafael Bilibio watches... continue reading

Goodbye contango? Oil’s long march toward backwardation: Kemp

Published 16 August 2017

LONDON (Reuters) by John Kemp – “The rebalancing of the oil market... continue reading

CFTC Fines Copersucar Trading $300,000 Over Illegal Wash Trades

Published 16 August 2017

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has settled charges against Copersucar Trading AVV, a commodities trading subsidiary... continue reading

Oil ‘God’ Blames Weaker Outlook and Algos in His Goodbye Letter

Published 15 August 2017

Bloomberg – Andy Hall, the oil trader known to many as “God”,... continue reading

How Energy Hedge Funds Are Making Money as Oil Prices Stagnate

Published 14 August 2017

For the oil-trading community, the fall of hedge fund manager Andy Hall signaled a heavy blow, but while... continue reading

CBH trials a new blockchain network

Published 14 August 2017

By STEPHANIE SINCLAIR BUSINESS could soon be done differently through the CBH Group as the bulk handler begins... continue reading

IEA says strong oil demand growth helping market rebalance

Published 11 August 2017

LONDON (Reuters) – World oil demand will grow more than expected this year, helping to ease a global... continue reading

Interview Corner

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

The Importance of Modern Technology to Minimise Risk in Energy Trading

Published 1 July 2016

We recently asked Adrian Bullock, CEO at Contigo, what he was seeing in terms of ETRM software in Europe. His take was that having a... 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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