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Quorum acquires Woodlands Solutions

Quorum Business Solutions (Quorum) will announce on Monday that it has acquired Woodlands Solutions, the Houston-based ETRM provider.  According to an early release provided by Quorum, Woodland’s “Phoenix ETRM... continue reading

Catching up with Molecule Software

I had the opportunity to visit with Sameer Soleja and Sam Parikh from Molecule Software last week and got a look at the latest developments around their trading and... continue reading

Looking Back on the Year at Commodity Technology Advisory

As we are nearing the end of 2013, it seems a good time to do a bit of reflection… First of all, I want to send out a heart-felt... continue reading

A Buyer’s Market?

2013 CTRM market results indicate it’s increasingly a buyer’s market By Patrick Reames – Managing Director When ComTech Advisory released our 2013 CTRM Global Market Size Report a couple... continue reading

Open Season on Eagles – The Hypocrisy of this Administration is Stunning

In the summer of 2011, the U.S. Department of Justice brought criminal indictments against three oil companies operating in the Bakken shale region of North Dakota. Those companies, Brigham... continue reading

ComTech Videos and Working with YouTube

As visitors to this site now know, Gary and I were recently in London and conducted a number of video interviews with CTRM executives.  While these interviews are not... continue reading

Meet the future leaders of CTRM at the University of Houston

The ISACA student group at the University of Houston is hosting a mixer event for industry professionals and students of the university’s Energy Trading and Risk Management Systems course... continue reading

Bart Chilton, CFTC’s hippie poet, is riding into the sunset

Bart Chilton, undoubtedly the most polarizing figure in the CFTC, has just announced that he’s done.  After this morning’s 3-1 vote by the CFTC commissioners  to again impose “speculative”... continue reading

Should you let a trader mark their own books? Probably not.

A few days ago, the CFTC released this news item: “The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) today filed a civil injunctive enforcement action charging John Aaron Brooks with... continue reading

Trivia Question – How many people do CTRM software vendors employee?

The answer:  There are about 4900 people (on a FTE basis) working for CTRM product vendors around the globe, and even more than that if you take into account... continue reading

No, its not “Fracking”

This morning I was asked my thoughts about whether the correct spelling of the shorthand for “hydraulic fracturing” is “fracing” or “fracking”, and I was a bit surprised at... continue reading

The Triple Point Acquisition by Ion is a Done Deal

While no press announcements have been forthcoming from either Triple Point or Ion, the acquisition of Triple Point by Ion Investments has been consummated. The Westport CT (home of... continue reading

EKA has quickly moved into the Upper Echelon of the CTRM Markets

EKA Software Solutions, with the recent announcement of their investment in Australia-based Matrix Group, has now built a base of products, personnel and revenues that has separated the company... continue reading

Can Commodity Hedge Funds Grow via Junk Mailing?

From the ComTechAdvisory Blog The Securities and Exchange Commission voted yesterday to allow hedge funds and other private investment firms to start publicly advertising for investor dollars, something that... continue reading

The Big Story in US Crude Production is not North Dakota

While doing a bit of research for an upcoming ComTechAlert article, I was reviewing oil production stats for the US and was a bit surprised by the numbers. Much... continue reading

Moody’s Indicates that the Triple Point deal is a Fait Accompli

From the ComTechAdvisory.com Blog Moody’s released their rating of the new debt being taken on in Ion’s acquisition of Triple Point…pretty much sealing this transaction as a done deal,... continue reading

Sizing-up Market Trends in E/CTRM

A Commodity Technology Advisory ComTechAlert Article June 26, 2013 ComTech Advisory is beginning to pull together the granular analysis that is the foundation of our E/CTRM Technology Market Sizing... continue reading

Triple Point Sale – A Poorly Kept Secret?

As posted in the ComTechAdvisory.com Blog… Its being widely reported, both in the press and through the grapevine, that the buyer for Triple Point is ION Trading. ION is... continue reading

ComTech Advisory Inverviews Ray Hood – President and CEO of Allegro Development

In the premier episode of Commodity Technology Advisory’s new video series examining the trends and issues in CTRM technology, we visit with Mr. Ray Hood, president and CEO of... continue reading