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Unicorn Systems Eyes Europe with Lancelot ETRM

A couple of weeks back, I took a trip to Prague to meet with local software and service firm, Unicorn Systems. You may not have heard of Unicorn... continue reading

Aspect post ION acquisition is business as usual…and business is good

I had the opportunity to visit with Steve Hughes, president of Aspect Enterprise, this week to get an update on their business now... continue reading

New Cloud-Based Shipping Solution in the Offing

New cloud solutions abound in and around CTRM at the moment and a couple of weeks ago I spoke to another new venture – Singular Point. The application... continue reading

When Not Exhibiting Starts the Rumor Mill: E-World Buzzes

Last week, both Patrick and I spend much of the week in Essen, Germany attending E-World. Last year, we gave it a miss... continue reading

Latest News

U.S. oil hits one-week high as dollar sags; many Asian markets shut

TOKYO (Reuters) – U.S. crude extended gains in subdued trade on Friday as the dollar slipped to a three-year low, with many Asian... continue reading

Japanese trading houses on the prowl as record earnings boost appetite

TOKYO (Reuters) by Yuka Obayashi – Japan’s trading houses are scouting for assets as they enjoy their best profit outlook in six years, driven... continue reading

Bunge exits sugar trading business, has ‘interested parties’: CEO

CHICAGO (Reuters) by Tom Polansek, Chris Prentice – Bunge Ltd (BG.N) is exiting the global sugar trading business... continue reading

Surge in global oil supply may overtake demand in 2018: IEA

LONDON (Reuters) – The rise in global oil production, led by the United States, is likely to outpace growth in demand this year,... continue reading

Videos

Mr. Premvir Jain, OpenLink Metals

In this latest ComTech Advisory video covering the trends and issues in CTRM, Gary Vasey visits with Mr. Premvir Jain of OpenLink regarding recent developments in the global metals trading markets and his company’s solutions that address the needs of that marketplace.

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Blog

Unicorn Systems Eyes Europe with Lancelot ETRM

A couple of weeks back, I took a trip to Prague to meet with local software and service firm, Unicorn Systems. You may not have heard of Unicorn but if you are involved in European power and gas then you most certainly have had some kind of interaction with their software as Unicorn are the developers of Damas. Damas MMS provides complete coverage of business processes for power electricity markets and ancillary services, their evaluation and settlement, as well as administration of international energy transmissions, congestion management, and international collaboration. It is used extensively across Europe by many of the TSO’s here. Actually, however, Unicorn has a 15-year track record of delivering software into the energy & utilizes segment here in Europe and offers software covering trading... continue reading

Aspect post ION acquisition is business as usual…and business is good

I had the opportunity to visit with Steve Hughes, president of Aspect Enterprise, this week to get an update on their business now that the ION acquisition has closed.  Though he indicated that they are in the process of merging their administrative functions with ION, operationally the business continues, and will continue, as it has in the past. Acknowledging that there has been a level of concern and uncertainty among the company’s client base regarding the deal’s impacts on Aspect’s products and support, Mr. Hughes indicated those concerns are waning as the company continues to deliver product and services in line with their client’s expectations and Aspect’s established standards. In discussing the strategy behind the... continue reading

New Cloud-Based Shipping Solution in the Offing

Published 13 February 2018

New cloud solutions abound in and around CTRM at the moment and a couple of weeks ago I... continue reading

When Not Exhibiting Starts the Rumor Mill: E-World Buzzes

Published 12 February 2018

Last week, both Patrick and I spend much of the week in Essen, Germany attending E-World. Last year,... continue reading

Openlink announces they are being acquired by ION

Published 2 February 2018

This afternoon, Openlink issued a press release announcing that they are being acquired by ION Investment Group.  Though... continue reading

Structural Change and Impacts on CTRM

Published 1 February 2018

One of the trends that ComTech is advising clients around is the structural change in the industry. Today’s... continue reading

And now it’s Amphora…

Published 26 January 2018

Its a busy time for CTRM mergers, acquisitions and divestitures…. In just the last couple of months, we’ve... continue reading

An Analysts Take on Brady’s Divestiture of It’s US Recycling Business

Published 25 January 2018

There was interesting news this morning through financial market sources that Brady... continue reading

A Belated Happy New Year

Published 25 January 2018

I know we have already gone past Blue Monday* but Happy New Year to all my readers out there (OK... continue reading

Generation10 Delivering Application Ecosystem for Commodity Supply Chains

Published 24 January 2018

Just before Christmas, I had the opportunity to visit with Generation 10.... continue reading

News

U.S. oil hits one-week high as dollar sags; many Asian markets shut

TOKYO (Reuters) – U.S. crude extended gains in subdued trade on Friday as the dollar slipped to a three-year low, with many Asian markets closed for the Lunar New Year holiday. NYMEX crude for March delivery CLc1 was up 17 cents, or 0.3 percent, at $61.51 a barrel by 0750 GMT, after earlier touching a one-week high of $61.82. For the week, the contract has risen about 4 percent after losing nearly 10 percent last week. London Brent crude LCOc1 was up 25 cents, or 0.4 percent, at $64.58 after settling down 3 cents. Brent is up nearly 3 percent for the week after falling more than 8 percent last week. “Oil is getting support... continue reading

Japanese trading houses on the prowl as record earnings boost appetite

TOKYO (Reuters) by Yuka Obayashi – Japan’s trading houses are scouting for assets as they enjoy their best profit outlook in six years, driven by higher prices for commodities from metals and coking coal to oil and natural gas. Equipped with a nearly $50 billion war chest, trading houses are looking to bolster their global commodity supply chain networks, eyeing gas fields in Australia, oil in Iraq and coal and copper assets. But – still smarting from huge writedowns in the last investment cycle – big debt-fueled acquisitions look to be off the agenda, with the focus on greenlighting undeveloped assets, taking bigger stakes in existing projects, and trading up to better quality operations. “Now we... continue reading

Bunge exits sugar trading business, has ‘interested parties’: CEO

Published 14 February 2018

CHICAGO (Reuters) by Tom Polansek, Chris Prentice – Bunge Ltd (BG.N) is... continue reading

Surge in global oil supply may overtake demand in 2018: IEA

Published 13 February 2018

LONDON (Reuters) – The rise in global oil production, led by the United States, is likely to outpace... continue reading

Data overload: commodity hedge funds close as computers dominate

Published 12 February 2018

LONDON (Reuters) – “Chocfinger” made his name and his money by taking bold bets on cocoa markets. But... continue reading

Aspect Enterprise Solutions To Reveal New CTRM Features During IP Week

Published 8 February 2018

February 8, 2018 Leading commodities trading and risk management software vendor, Aspect... continue reading

Openlink announces agreement to be acquired by ION Investment Group

Published 2 February 2018

NEW YORK, Feb. 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ – Openlink Financial LLC, a global leader... continue reading

Blockchain to track Congo’s cobalt from mine to mobile

Published 2 February 2018

LONDON (Reuters) by Barbara Lewis – Blockchain is to be used for the first time to try to... continue reading

Goldman loses more commodities traders in broader overhaul

Published 1 February 2018

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Several key commodities traders are leaving Goldman Sachs Group Inc, sources said on Wednesday,... continue reading

Blockchain Tech Applied To Bulk Fertilizer Traceability

Published 31 January 2018

Margy Eckelkamp Using a “DNA barcode” and blockchain-based technology, SafeTraces Inc. has delivered its first system to be... continue reading

Interview Corner

Interview with Metafused

Published 1 February 2018

ComTech Advisory: What is Metafused and what does it offer? Madhuban Kumar: Metafused’s platform provides automated AI predictions for financial services and increases their efficiencies... continue reading

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

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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