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The Hedge Funds Are Back…..

According to a Bloomberg story, hedge funds in commodities are back and making money. My interest in hedge funds commenced back around 19-years ago when Peter Fusaro and I... continue reading

It’s Awards Time Again

And therefore time to roll out my annual thoughts on the banality of awards when it comes to CTRM software…. For those who do not know, some awards are... continue reading

Despite all the Deals, Customer Announcements Remain Difficult

As I reflect on what appears to have been a record year for many CTRM vendors in terms of activity levels and new deals and customers, one thing has... continue reading

CTRM – More Choice?

The history of CTRM is replete with brand names that came and went. In fact, I could likely name at least 30 right now off the top of my... continue reading

Orchestrade’s ETRM Enters the Market – Introduction and Views

Orchestrade has been around since 2009 and today has more than 40 customers and around 100 staff. In 2017, it began a collaboration with Engie after a successful Proof... continue reading

All Eyes on the Dollar?

As a new week begins, the pace of commodities-focused news appears to have slowed considerably with all eyes now on a midweek announcement from the Fed. A large rise... continue reading

The Perfect Storm – Opinion

As an CTRM market analyst, I must stay on top of the news every day, reviewing and analyzing developments that impact the commodity trading sector and the buyers of... continue reading

This year’s North American CTRM market looks different than last year…at least so far

Looking back over the last 5 to 10 years of activity in the ETRM / CTRM markets in North America, there’s been a clear pattern – natural gas and... continue reading

Coal Is Back?

A few months ago, we wrote a blog arguing that despite everything, coal was set to make a comeback – at least in the short to medium term. We... continue reading

It’s all about Innovation Says Gen10’s Williamson

Conversations with Gen10 CEO, Richard Williamson, are always fun and informative as I find Richard to be one of the industry’s true innovators. Always one step ahead of the... continue reading

STG Acquires the Brady Commodities Business – Initial Thoughts

The announcement that Brady Technologies had divested its commodities software business to STG this morning was no surprise here. There had been a pervasive rumour for many months that... continue reading

CTRM – More Choice Than Ever

With our vendor perception survey in full swing seeking bone fide user opinion on CTRM and related solutions, and the work we are doing to update the CTRM Sourcebook,... continue reading

Post-COVID Show Explosion?

Suddenly, face-to-face mass meetings are back in vogue with an explosion of extremely well attended conferences and trade shows in the commodities space. It seems that there is pent... continue reading

Old King Coal

In our recently issued market assessment and sizing, we highlighted what we thought might be a short to medium-term increase in demand for CTRM solutions for coal. Our thinking... continue reading

Is A Food Crisis Coming?

I have found myself telling people around me to expect food shortages later this year and to perhaps even slowly stock up on non-perishables and grow their own food.... continue reading

Inflation, Volatility and Risk – Is This a CTRM Software Supercycle?

We quite often read about a commodities super cycle. The investment bankers seem particularly fond of the term. But does that translate into a CTRM software super cycle as... continue reading

Commodities People Sponsors Trends in Commodity Risk Research

Commodities People is sponsoring our Trends in Commodity Risk research project along with Amphora and the Nasdaq Market Technology Division. Commodities People will also support the study by polling... continue reading

cQuant.io is finding success in a turbulent and changing energy market

I recently spoke with David Leevan, CEO of cQuant.io, a US-based analytics platform provider, to get an update on not only the company’s recent developments, but also the trends... continue reading

Political Risk

For the last few years, we have been highlighting political risk or geopolitical risk as a key risk in commodities. As I sit here not 400 miles from a... continue reading

Energy One Sees Larger Addressable Market

This morning news broke that Energy One had agreed to acquire Australia’s CQ Energy in a deal reportedly worth $36mAUS in cash and shares.CQ Eenergy is the leading provider of... continue reading

It’s a Hot CTRM Job Market!

I recently wrote about inflationary pressures and the costs around CTRM. Yesterday, a conversation with Carl Vellenoweth of Commoditas validated and expanded those thoughts. Commoditas recruits’ technologists for the... continue reading