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The story of winter so far: No winter Posted on 07 Dec 2021 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

In this week's Trader’s Corner, Mark Rachal, with Cost Management Solutions, shares a heating season update for propane marketers. Read more»

Omicron variant resets oil and gas markets Posted on 02 Dec 2021 in the Blue Flame Blog & COVID-19 categories.

In this week's Trader’s Corner, Mark Rachal, with Cost Management Solutions, discusses how the Omicron variant of COVID-19 has impacted propane prices. Read more»

Major propane price correction continues Posted on 23 Nov 2021 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

Propane markets are in the midst of a major price correction of around 25 percent and counting, which is very significant. Read more»

Mild start to heating season shrinks inventory deficit Posted on 09 Nov 2021 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

Mark Rachal, director of research and publications for Cost Management Solutions, discusses the propane inventory deficit and the mild start to heating season. Read more»

Pullback in propane prices may indicate buying opportunity Posted on 02 Nov 2021 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

Propane buyers and consumers should recognize how quickly the pricing environment could change should winter heating demand finally arrive. Read more»

Timely propane inventory build puts downward pressure on prices Posted on 26 Oct 2021 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

U.S. propane inventory increased to 73.620 million barrels as of Oct. 15, breaking a concerning downtrend in inventory from the prior two weeks. Read more»

Propane shakes off growing list of headwinds Posted on 19 Oct 2021 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

Mark Rachal, director of research and publications at Cost Management Solutions, discusses propane pricing trends and the impact of heating-degree days. Read more»

Price relief despite bad inventory report Posted on 12 Oct 2021 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

Despite last week's inventory draw, propane prices moved lower. Mark Rachal of Cost Management Solutions explains what this means for price protection. Read more»

No price relief despite good inventory report Posted on 05 Oct 2021 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

Mark Rachal of Cost Management Solutions offers steps propane buyers can take to protect themselves from rising propane prices this winter. Read more»

Strategies for managing high propane prices Posted on 28 Sep 2021 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

Mark Rachal of Cost Management Solutions says propane fundamentals and crude price outlooks suggest high propane prices are here to stay this winter. Read more»