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Is Now the Time for Opensource in CTRM

London, 27 September 2014

In this ComTech Advisory White Paper, we take a look at the concept of Open Source software in commodity trading. In doing so, we are asking the question, why has this approach not yet been tried? And if it were to be tried, would it help? The white paper is really designed to foster debate around the topic as opposed to take a stance on the issue one way or the other. Acutely aware of the many challenges facing both users and vendors in this fast moving and complex business, ComTech Advisory is always interested in pursuing research into how technology adoption might be improved. The question posed by this white paper is simply this – Is now the time for Open Source CTRM?

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Leading managed services provider FCM360 talks E/CTRM

London, September 2014

With specialized E/CTRM service firms emerging, companies that depend on energy and commodity trading no longer have to worry about establishing and managing their own infrastructure for Energy Trading & Risk Management and Commodity Trading & Risk Management.

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Taking the Next Step in CTRM Cloud Solutions

In the last decade, a quiet revolution has occurred within the E/CTRM (Energy/Commodity Trading and Risk Management) software category as vendors and users have increasingly adopted the cloud-computing model. This move has been driven by demand largely for more affordable E/CTRM software as reflected by a lower total cost of ownership.

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ICE to acquire SuperDerivatives

Atlanta, New York, September 2014

Leading global network of exchanges and clearing houses - Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) - has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SuperDerivatives, a leading provider of risk management analytics, financial market data and valuation services. The acquisition will accelerate the expansion of ICE’s comprehensive multi-asset class clearing strategy.

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‘Magical’ Models and Tools Don’t Work for CTRM Software category

London, August 2014

The CTRM software market is and always has been extremely dynamic. For us at Commodity Technology Advisory, this is what keeps it a fascinating and constantly interesting place to work but for buyers it’s tough to follow all the ups and downs, mergers and acquisitions, to figure out which vendors really do what in terms of coverage and functionality and to pick a solution.

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Questions to ask before choosing a CTRM System

London, August 2014

Few actions will impact the future success of your business more than how well you manage your information and collaborate with colleagues and your supply chain. The performance of the Commodity Trade and Risk Management (CTRM) system you choose plays an integral part in this. It won’t matter how good your risk management strategy is if traders don’t follow the guidelines you set. By the same token, you could run your own business brilliantly but still suffer if your suppliers and business partners throughout the supply chain are subpar performers.

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Five Big Issues in Commodity Management

London, July 2014

As the Greek philosopher Heraclitus noted, the only thing constant is change; and most certainly change is a constant characteristic of the commodity markets. Having closely watched these markets develop over the past two decades or so, the extent and the rapidity of change has been remarkable – and the current situation is certainly no different: By Dr. Gary M. Vasey & Patrick Reames.

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Unstuck In the Middle

London, July 2014

Disintermediation is coming to the energy value chain. Companies must prepare for the risks that arise as the ‘middle man’ begins to dissappear. By Ray Hood.

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A Simple Solution to EMIR Compliance: Brady Regulatory Reporting

London, July 2014

Since 12th February 2014, the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) has defined the way in which Financial Counterparties and Non-Financial Counterparties (NFCs) report derivative transactions.

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How Efficient Is Your Current Collateral Management Strategy?

London, June 2014

Sapient Global Markets recently conducted a survey to understand how firms are managing and processing collateral—and to examine trends, issues and requirements for efficient collateral management.

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