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Part III: Could the inventory trend change in 2023? Posted on 24 Jan 2023 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

Trader’s Corner, a weekly partnership with Cost Management Solutions, analyzes propane supply and pricing trends. This week, Mark Rachal, director of research and publications, shifts focus to possible changes in propane... Read more»

Part II: Could the inventory trend change in 2023? Posted on 18 Jan 2023 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

As we begin 2023, Mark Rachal, director of research and publications for Cost Management Solutions, continues to review the change in propane inventory. Read more»

Could the inventory trend change in 2023? Posted on 10 Jan 2023 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

As we close out 2022, Mark Rachal, director of research and publications for Cost Management Solutions, looks at the change in propane inventory. Read more»

Watch propane price curves to chart a course Posted on 03 Jan 2023 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

Mark Rachal, director of research and publications with Cost Management Solutions, looks at the forward price curve for propane. Read more»

Expectations versus reality: How low propane prices dropped Posted on 27 Dec 2022 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

Our predictions were a little right and wrong. We saw the potential for lower prices, but we significantly underestimated the potential size of the drop. Read more»

Propane price drop contributes to rejection conditions Posted on 20 Dec 2022 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

We are at the point of rejection occurring, but it has not been based on our premise that natural gas prices would rise faster than crude and propane’s price. Read more»

A rising tide lifts all boats Posted on 06 Dec 2022 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

With propane at such a low value, any change in propane's fundamentals will allow prices to rise with crude, and prices could rise with crude regardless. Read more»

Propane inventory just keeps building Posted on 29 Nov 2022 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

Inventory is 9.7 percent above its five-year average. We have only seen inventory higher than this four times in the past 19 years, says Mark Rachal of CMS. Read more»

Don’t let price creep steal your margin Posted on 22 Nov 2022 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

Mark Rachal, director of research and publications with Cost Management Solutions, reviews strategies to watch out for price creep. Read more»

Below-normal temperatures a test for propane supply Posted on 15 Nov 2022 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

Mark Rachal, director of research and publications with Cost Management Solutions, evaluates how the recent weather changes could impact propane supply. Read more»