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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

Happy Holidays….

Here in Prague the weather is pretty cold and the days very short in terms of daylight. January and February are the worst months here weather wise so there... 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

Are you ready?

This article was published as a ComtechAlert newsletter on the 4th December. The ComtechAlert newsletter goes out twice a month and you can subscribe to it here. By Gary... continue reading

An Interview with TrayPort and Trayport Contigo

The last of our four videos shot in London a couple of weeks ago was recorded at the offices of Trayport in London to discuss the recent acquisition of... 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

A Conversation with Mr. Gavin Lavelle, CEO of Brady PLC

In the second of our new video interviews in the CTRM Leaders series, Patrick Reames talks to Mr. Gavin Lavelle, CEO of Brady PLC. He discusses Brady’s performance to... continue reading

‘CTRM Leaders’ Video Interview with Mr. Steve Hughes of Aspect Enterprise

Here is the first of four videos in the Leaders in CTRM series that we shot in London a couple of weeks ago. Mr Steve Hughes is President and... continue reading

What’s Coming Up?

It has been a busy two-weeks at ComTech Advisory. Last week, Patrick and I were in London were we met with several vendors during a pretty hectic schedule managing... 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

All Change?

Many years ago, we came up with a model of how the E/CTRM software market works. It was based, in part, on a technology adoption curve and employed the... continue reading

Next Up – 2013 CTRM Market Size

Primarily worked by Patrick, the 2013 E/CTRM Market Sizing Study report is almost ready for publication probably on the 8th November. As usual, it will be a free report... continue reading

CTRM in the Cloud Discussion

There is a super discussion thread right now on Linkedin around our topic of CTRM in the Cloud. It’s well worth a visit over there to read and even... 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

European Regulations, ETRM Software, Ovals and Bacon Butties – A Day at Contigo’s User Group Meeting

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting and speaking at the Contigo User Group meeting held at the The Oval cricket ground. The event was well organized and... continue reading

Win an iPad Mini

Yes – you read that right! The ComTech Advisory is undertaking a survey on behalf of a client and when we have enough responses, we will select one lucky... 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

A Slow Summer for News and Deals?

Is it me or has this been a very slow summer? There hasn’t been much news coming out from the vendors or anywhere else to be honest and the... continue reading

Prices and P/L – There’s an App for That!

Trading natural gas and/or power in Europe means dealing with multiple exchanges, market operators, regulators, authorities and other bodies. Each region or country has its own infrastructure and access... continue reading

ComTech Advisory’s First Survey

Yes, our first research survey is now underway and it is to support our joint research project with ETR Advisory on European Regulations. The survey won’t take much of... continue reading