Category Archives: Technical

Hedge accounting changes affecting commodity trading under IFRS 9

Post by admin on March 22, 2017

Hedge Accounting Software

International Financial Reporting Standard

IFRS 9 is an International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). This new standard is endorsed by the European Union in November 2016 and has a mandatory effective date for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2018, with earlier adoption permitted. IFRS 9 will replace the accounting for financial instrument under IAS 39, as this was very complicated and difficult for companies to apply correctly. The new requirements include a new approach to hedge accounting and aligns more closely with risk management, and so should help users of financial statement in their decision-making. Although the general accounting mechanisms will largely remain unchanged, the reforms of IFRS 9 encompass an array of changes that will influence your hedge accounting process in different ways.

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Between Heaven and Earth: The Cloud

Post by admin on December 5, 2016


Cloud-based Software-as-a-Service has quickly become a compelling and credible delivery model for business applications. If you aren’t converted yet, then realize how you already take part in on-line banking, share your medical records with healthcare providers, and access your retirement investments.

All very personal information that you may think should be equally or more sensitive than the production database of commodity trading companies. Further consider how much your business relies on communicating via the internet.

On-premise installed C/ETRM software would be as equally ‘out-of-service’ as a cloud-based solution when the internet isn’t available. Therefore, for the educated trading professional looking for proven solutions that lower cost and improve operations, there is something Between Heaven and Earth: The Cloud.

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Is it Nuts to Use ERP Instead of CTRM?

Post by admin on November 8, 2016


There are several definitions but commonly an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system automates and integrates core business processes such as taking customer orders, scheduling operations and keeping inventory records and financial data. ERP systems have been around and made popular by companies such as SAP, Oracle, Microsoft, NetSuite and a slew of lesser-known vendors.

A fully integrated solution promises to deliver operational efficiencies and improve business results. What’s not to like?

It’s no surprise that softs commodity traders were sold on such an established solution. However, when trading is surrounded by risks and volatility, index pricing and non-standard contract invoicing, they may wonder: Is it Nuts to use ERP instead of CTRM?

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Change your Playbook with a Modern C/ETRM system

Post by admin on September 16, 2016


Whether it is the energy or the commodity market, they reflect a 21st century business climate of on-going and fast change. Low prices and new regulations are main reasons for the latest turmoil. Your current playbook does not help protect your current business, nor does it succeed in getting you into new ones.

It’s Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Just ask all of those famous companies that missed the next wave, like Kodak and most recently Nokia. Don’t become a “Kodak Moment:” Change your Playbook with a modern C/ETRM system.

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Parsing your Portfolio for Profitability

Post by admin on August 17, 2016


In the low-margin business of a retail energy supplier, the timely procurement of sufficient wholesale supply at the best possible price and risk level is critical to its profitability.  To answer fundamental questions about supply & demand, portfolio performance, valuations, and profit & loss, requires an integrated system that handles the business processes from supply contracts to settlement, and where the retail sales book is linked to the wholesale sourcing book to facilitate in-depth monitoring and assessment of positions and exposures. Are you able to Parse your Portfolio for Profitability?

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Your ETRM solution: A Palette of Options to Reduce Cost and Add Value

Post by admin on July 6, 2015

Your ETRM solution: A Palette of Options to Reduce Cost and Add Value


Following the economic downturn after 2008, Energy Trading & Supply companies are going through a transformation to position themselves for the future. Many of them have initiatives underway to examine whether their current Energy Trading and Risk management system’s environment can meet their changing business needs. Budgets are under pressure and cost reductions are necessary. As they seek operational efficiency, they also must comply with new regulatory reporting requirements. How does one implement a solution that can meet this need for both increased flexibility and robust and cost-effective functionality? A Palette of Options that reduce cost and add value! Continue reading


Legacy ETRM system replacement: Big-Bang or Modular Implementation?

Post by Pioneer Solutions on June 4, 2015

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The “big bang” ETRM go-live where all of the main modules of an ETRM system go live at the same time, is a widely-known approach for ETRM replacement and/or implementation projects. The alternative approach is to adopt some level of phasing for example, by functional area or by business priority level.

The conundrum large, global energy companies consider as they weigh the high-risk wholesale replacement of their ETRM system against the need for improved and more cost-effective functionality in selected areas to adapt to new business environments is: Big-Bang or Modular Implementation? Continue reading


Are You Leaving Money on the Table?

Post by Pioneer Solutions on April 29, 2015

As a result of several years of economic hardship, companies have been forced to rethink how and where to invest like never before. Organizations in the energy trading industry are no exception to this pattern. Many have set their sights on cost (of trading) management in an effort to simultaneously become more efficient and reduce cost. Surprisingly, this cost efficiency may be partially realized in the back office. Now, the question is: Are you leaving money on the table?

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C/ETRM Business Processes
Series Part Two: Middle Office

Post by Pioneer Solutions on April 13, 2015


This article is aimed to provide a brief overview of the middle office business processes Commodities and Energy Trading Risk Management (C/ETRM) software solutions are designed to encompass. This is the second of a three part series that separates C/ETRM systems’ functionality into three categories and defines the business processes involved in each. Continue reading

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2015 Energy Risk Software Rankings |
Pioneer Voted in Top 5 for 20 Categories

Post by Pioneer Solutions on March 26, 2015

Energy Risk Software Rankings 2015Each year, industry experts and participants look to the Energy Risk Software Rankings as a means of subjectively valuing various ETRM software vendors. The rankings are generated from the results of a survey given out by Energy Risk that asks energy trading firms to nominate ETRM vendors, implementation specialists, data vendors and data managers they think shine above the rest. This year’s survey, carried out during November 2014 and January 2015, received 282 valid responses. Pioneer Solutions was ranked in the Top 5 for 20 Different Categories! The highlight of this year’s rankings, however, was being ranked #1 for Project Delivery On-Time and Within Budget.

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