Opinion

Talking Oil Price

It can’t be much fun to be Saudi right now. Everyday, talking up the idea that OPEC can and will put the oil market ‘in balance’ (thats price fixer... continue reading

FERDEC and Trade Surveillance

There are a host of consultancy companies that are focused on the various aspects of commodity trading and CTRM Software, and occasionally one of them morphs into becoming a... continue reading

Sign of the Times

I remember being a young, enthusiastic, and almost certainly arrogant (some may say not much has changed) Geologist at BP. I was keen to push the latest thinking and... continue reading

France rolls out new energy plan…

The French government has just announced their plans to make the country carbon neutral by 2050, and the initial reaction is…let’s say “skeptical”.  Among the actions they intend to... continue reading

Interesting Two Days At ETSCEE

I am back from my trip to Prague and the ETSCEE conference. It was an interesting agenda and a good place to meet people. I found the opening presentation... continue reading

Contigo Is Out of the Blocks Early in 2017

I recently spoke with Mr. Tim Rogers, Head of Sales & Business Development for Contigo, about Contigo and his views on what is happening across the industry. Top of... continue reading

Where’s the Profit?

It’s been quite meager times for commodity traders over the last couple of years. Profitable trades are getting harder and harder to find as arbitrage and basis disappear. Market... continue reading

Traceability is Transforming Commodities

Traceability is a growing requirement for many commodities. As explained in prior blog articles and a white paper, traceability comes in three forms; 1. Product Segregation – Certified materials... continue reading

Last Call!

This is the last call – we still need responses for our risk snapshot survey please? It won’t take too long to complete and the report when we have... continue reading

A Trip To London – An Emerging Technology Theme

Last week, both Patrick and I were in London. It was a busy week and we managed to visit a lot of people in the industry over the course... continue reading

Viruses, Worms, and Other Strange Internet Creatures

A few years ago, I was in charge of the operations of a power trading in firm in Prague reporting to the Board of Directors. I discovered just how... continue reading

A Bit More on RFPs

This week’s humorous blog by David Calmonson on the sales process for CTRM software made me think about writing about this topic too. After all, these procurement processes are... continue reading

Request For Quotation

To be or not to be. To bid or not to bid. There’s two quotes to start with! 20th July or maybe 20th December. These were two of my... continue reading

No, coffee is not the second-most traded commodity after oil

In a world now apparently filled with fake news – I thought this interesting – fact checking on a statement by Starbucks about coffee trade….from Politifact. By Jon Greenberg... continue reading

Speculators In Oil Keep Getting It Wrong

At the end of last November, I wrote about my skepticism around OPEC’s ability to control oil prices. I was commenting that I didn’t understand what the speculators could... continue reading

Where Is The Discussion?

CTRMcenter is a highly visited website with more than 500 visits per day on average through the week. Some of the blog posts and articles are shared around the... continue reading