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Commodity Trade Finance Bank Achieves Remarkable Market Data Cost Savings

Bank saves 600k on energy market data


A prominent European bank, specializing in commodity trade finance, stands as a pillar in the financial sector, facilitating trade and ensuring the smooth flow of commodities across borders. However, amidst the complexities of global trade, the bank confronted escalating costs in its data and operational processes.

Recognizing the need for expert intervention, they turned to our team for a solution.



In the realm of commodity trade finance, timely and accurate data is the lifeblood of informed decision-making. The bank was grappling with rising costs associated with procuring this essential market data. These escalating expenses threatened to erode their profit margins and potentially impact the competitive financing rates they offered to their clients.



Our strategy was a blend of deep financial expertise and a comprehensive understanding of the commodity trade landscape:

  • Operational and Data Audit: We conducted a detailed review of the bank’s data subscriptions, operational processes, and the associated costs. This audit pinpointed inefficiency and redundant data subscriptions that were inflating costs.


  • Engagement with Data Vendors: Using our audit’s insights, we negotiated with the bank’s data vendors. Our goal was to realign the subscriptions to better fit the bank’s actual needs and to secure more favorable pricing.


  • Optimization of Operational Processes: Beyond just data costs, we identified areas in the bank’s operational processes that could be streamlined. By introducing automation and optimizing workflows, we further reduced operational expenses.



Our holistic approach and persistent efforts led to:

  • A significant cost saving of $600,000 for the European bank.
  • Enhanced operational efficiency, ensuring faster and more informed decision-making in their commodity trade finance operations.



This case study underscores the transformative power of expert analysis and strategic intervention in the financial sector. By meticulously reviewing data needs, renegotiating with vendors, and streamlining operations, we delivered substantial savings for a leading European bank in commodity trade finance.

The outcome not only fortified the bank’s financial position but also showcased the potential for operational excellence in the face of rising costs.



Thanvir has 20 years of experience with some of the largest energy and financial information providers. Founder and CEO of Phycomex, where he is trusted by commodity traders, financiers, consumers, and refiners to help optimise procurement.


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