Compelling Trends in Russian Energy & Commodities Markets Outlined During OpenLink Panel Discussion and Survey

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68% of respondents reveal price forecasting, analytics, and STP as most important tools when preparing for market open – OpenLink well positioned to meet these needs

Open Link Financial, Inc. (OpenLink), a leading provider of cross-asset trading, risk management and operations processing software, today released findings from a recent webinar which surveyed senior energy and commodities industry professionals focused on assessing supply and demand dynamics for energy commodities in Russia.

During the event, 57% of participants revealed that their top priorities when preparing for the Russian market open would include a strong trading and execution platform with vigorous risk management capabilities that can support a multi-commodity environment.

Dr. Markus Seiser, Managing Director, OpenLink Central Europe, commenting on this survey response noted, “This supports our view that there is a strong desire for organizations to participate in the potential opportunities that the growing Russian power and gas markets will provide. Companies who are looking to invest in the region understand that to combat the challenges of emerging markets with changing regulations, high degrees of volatility and complexity, they require robust and flexible solutions. Understanding this growing trend, OpenLink began investing in the Russian market a few years ago and has maintained an office in Moscow since 2010 which supports a professional services organization with local market skills. This enables us to meet the needs of organizations seeking to profit from this market.”

“The Russian market is continuing to become a major component within the global energy and commodities trading landscape, especially as Supply and Demand imbalances increase as a result of emerging market growth and the sustained uncertainty created by the ‘Arab Spring,’” said OpenLink’s CEO Kevin Hesselbirg. “The findings showcase the key value dynamic trading and risk technology will have in helping market participants and we are pleased to be on the forefront of these solutions for our clients and the industry.”

Prior to the event, industry professionals were also asked what is most important to them when preparing for the market opening. Their responses were as follows:

  • Price forecasting and analytical tools    44%
  • Straight through processing – trading and risk management    24%
  • Optimized balance of supply and demand for all related commodities 24%
  • Connectivity tools and market communication 8%

To aid market participants interested in the Russian market, OpenLink recently launched a Russian language website (visit us here) demonstrating our global solutions which are designed to not only include the required functionality, but also be adaptable enough to meet the emerging needs of markets and regions as they evolve.

To download the podcast of this webinar, visit: Assessing Supply and Demand Dynamics for Energy Commodities in Russia

Founded in 1992, OpenLink is a provider of cross-asset trading, risk management, related operations processing and portfolio management software solutions for the commodity, energy and financial services markets globally.

OpenLink's client base of more than 350+ customers worldwide includes 12 of the top 25 largest commodity and energy companies by market capitalization, eight of the largest financial institutions and 11 of the largest central banks, as well as major hedge funds, commodities companies and public utilities.

Headquartered on Long Island, New York and with offices in New York City, Houston, London, Berlin, Vienna, São Paulo, Sydney, Singapore, Moscow and Toronto, OpenLink has more than 1,000+ employees worldwide.


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