Price Catalogue

Nov 29, 2023 - Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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The ‘Price Catalogue’ is a comprehensive tool that enables users to store and model current and historical market prices. It provides detailed information about the prices at which commodities are bought and sold in different markets and locations.

Commodity producers and traders use the Price Catalogue to stay informed about market trends, monitor price fluctuations, and make informed decisions about buying, selling, and hedging their positions. The catalogue serves as an essential reference for assessing market conditions, negotiating contracts, and developing pricing strategies in the dynamic and volatile commodity markets.

Most appreciated advantages of Price Catalogue

  • Reliable, consistent and robust price repository for current, historical and forward prices
  • Better decision making thanks to accurate and timely reporting
  • Productivity through automation (avoid big Excel manipulation)
  • Minimize conflicting intra-company trade values by alignment between stakeholders
  • Ready to use data for whole book valuations, and risk management purposes such as Mark-to-Market, Value-at-Risk, Option Valuation, Stress Testing and Counterparty Risk
  • Price Discovery enabled by an independent, evidenced view of market reference prices
  • Improved hedge effectiveness through knowledge of price movements
  • Part of reported P&L Profitability projection
  • Advanced analytics through historical prices to e.g. analyze correlations between prices curves (fi futures vs premium prices) or intra crop spread developments
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Key Components of Price Catalogue

  • Ability to ingest from a multitude of data sources in various formats, both internal and external
  • Handling all data in regards to security, quality, normalization
  • Detection and reports on outliers, missing forward periods and required prices
  • Price curve builder to set-up and calculate composite price curves for multi-dimensional use, including validation processes
  • Monitoring price quality to ensure completeness and one source of truth
  • Full audit trail to understand who did what and when
  • Adding in the commodity specifics for handling characteristics, building composites, applying prices to the functions such as MtM and VaR
  • Complete overview of both financial and physical prices, loaded daily, intraday or real-time
  • Trade arbitrage – relative market value, including transport/quality differentials
  • Price categories included: cash commodity prices, futures, traded options, forex pairs, non-commodity cash prices, non-commodity differentials, 2nd tier commodities, transportation/freight, energy
  • Dealing with futures contract rolls, Gap-fill, non-uniform pricing periods, Pricing across crop years
  • Logging constructed prices versus raw prices
  • Forward curve analytics
  • Comparing seasonal patterns
  • Historical price development
  • Insights on how a price is constructed in case of a composite
  • Being able to convert prices into different currencies and unit of measures
  • Ability to distribute market prices in a variety of formats
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By building and implementing one robust information environment for the entire organization the operational efficiency increased substantially.

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