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Although in its early stages, European Financial Reform is rapidly developing. There are challenges unique to the European Union in terms of jurisdictional complexity that make Dodd-Frank look like a stroll in the park.  Providing regulatory oversight without stepping on nationalist toes will be some trick indeed.

In spite of the obvious obstacles, the EU is moving forward.  In December the European Parliament moved legislation that created the European Systemic Risk Board. The ESRB is part of the European System of Financial Supervision (ESFS), the purpose of which is to ensure the supervision of the Union’s…

There was a very interesting article in The Times about industrial manufactures raising prices due to the soaring cost of raw materials.

I’ve noted in the past about Food and Beverage companies being affected by rising and volatile commodity prices – and the news continues – McDonald’s CFO, Pete Bensen, said on a recent earnings conference call that it will raise prices this year in the face of rising commodities costs.

But I haven’t seen many articles about the effects of rising commodity costs on industrial manufacturers.  The Times article presents a call-out case study of Norton Motorcycles.  “A…

For those of you who follow Triple Point news, you might have recently seen that Triple Point recorded record revenue for 2010. Following our recent announcement, Dr. Gary M. Vasey of CommodityPoint posted this blog with some interesting observations on Triple Point’s growth over the last three years and his perspective on how Triple Point has found success in a difficult industry.

Gary points out that, “a quick review of the company’s previous years announcements shows that Triple Point is successfully growing on a consistent basis recording 21 new…

I recently read a speech titled, “There Is More Than One Inconvenient Truth” by Thomas F. Farrell II, the Chairman, President and CEO of Dominion.  I highly recommend everyone take a few minutes to at least scan the script – click here to read the speech.

Mr. Farrell makes the point that we need a rational energy policy (which we don’t have) and will never get there unless we can move past slogans such as ‘Fossil fuels, bad; renewable energy, good’ and have an intelligent debate on the subject.

All industry forecasts show a rapid growth in the overall…

SABMiller plc has licensed Triple Point’s flagship commodity logistics software. SABMiller will use Triple Point systems to optimize transportation costs and ensure the timely supply of raw materials, including barley and hops.

SABMiller is one of the world’s leading brewers with operations and distribution agreements across six continents. The company’s wide portfolio of brands includes premium international beers such as Pilsner Urquell, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Miller Genuine Draft, and Grolsch. It is also one of the world’s largest bottlers of Coca-Cola products. SABMiller is listed on the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges and reported group revenue of US$26.4 billion for…

I have seen a lot of press covering the recent report by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) noting that food prices have hit an all time high.

The FAO’s food price index, a basket tracking the wholesale cost of wheat, corn, rice, oilseeds, dairy products, sugar and meats, rose to 214.7 points which surpassed the previous record of 213.5 set in 2008 during the food crisis – remember riots in countries such as Egypt, Cameroon and Haiti.

The FT noted in an article that although food crises hit developing nations the hardest the “increase in food costs will…

Attempting to cope with the ambitious time lines demanded by the Dodd-Frank Act, the CFTC went into high gear in December by promulgating 10 new rules. That put their total to over 40 rules related to DFA in five-month time span. To put this into perspective, prior to Dodd-Frank, the CFTC’s rulemaking averaged to only a little over 5 per year. The merits and faults of the rapidity of the CFTC’s rulemaking process has been the subject of many debates, but under current law, the deadlines stand and must be met.

December Proposed Rule Highlights

I won’t…

Triple Point Technology won top honors in two categories in the 2010 Commodity Business Awards (CBAs); Excellence in Commodity Logistics and Commodity Trading and Risk Management (CTRM). The awards illustrate the depth and breadth of Triple Point’s multi-commodity software platform.

The CBAs recognize talent and excellence throughout the commodity complex and address 20 key business disciplines under three award categories: Trading, Risk, and Portfolio Management; Commodity Market Development; and Commodity Transactions Management. Triple Point scooped two awards in Commodity Market Development which reward firms that have excelled overall and in specific sectors of the commodity complex — trading,…

Triple Point Technology®, the leading provider of multi-market commodity and enterprise risk management software solutions, announced today that Olam International Limited has licensed Triple Point’s flagship chartering and vessel operations software to manage pre-and-post fixture activities for its bulk commodities operations, including cocoa, coffee, cashew, peanuts, sesame, rice, cotton, and wood products.

Triple Point’s chartering and vessel operations software is based on mature, well-tested products obtained in its acquisition of Softmar — now the chartering and vessel operations division of Triple Point. The shipping division serves over 80 blue-chip clients and more than 2500 users throughout North America, South America,…

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