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Protecting gains when speculating with swaps Posted on 08 Jun 2021 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

Speculation requires vigilance in monitoring the position. If it isn’t performing as expected, then the prudent step might be to close the position. Read more»

How hedging and speculating with financial swaps differ Posted on 02 Jun 2021 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

Hedging is the easiest way to use financial swaps, but we can also use swaps to capture an opportunity that may be present in the market, says Mark Rachal of Cost Management Solutions. Read more»

Financial swaps provide predictable results Posted on 25 May 2021 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

Financial swaps are risk management tools. When used properly, they are true hedges that provide predictable results for supply purchases. Read more»

Settling a financial swap to achieve desired results Posted on 19 May 2021 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

Mark Rachal explains the process of delivering physical supply to the customer and settling financial swaps to show how the two work together. Read more»

Financial swaps enable quick, accurate price quotes Posted on 11 May 2021 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

Learn how a propane retailer can use a financial swap to provide a fixed price to a customer for months or even years in advance. Read more»

Strategies for using financial swaps effectively Posted on 04 May 2021 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

Retailers use swaps to capture opportunities, turn unknown future prices into knowns and maintain flexibility to adjust positions when conditions change. Read more»

How to exploit opportunities in the propane swap market Posted on 27 Apr 2021 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

Mark Rachal of Cost Management Solutions explores some of the advantages of the propane swap market in price risk management. Read more»

Establish buying criteria to identify opportunities Posted on 20 Apr 2021 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

Retailers that evaluate market conditions and establish buying criteria based on that evaluation may find that they captured the lowest price of the year. Read more»

Retailers should prepare for lower propane imports Posted on 13 Apr 2021 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

U.S. retailers that have received propane imports by rail from Canada may find product harder to come by and may need to consider other sources. Read more»

The logic behind managing propane price risk Posted on 06 Apr 2021 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

Propane retailers should use all of the market knowledge and risk management tools available to lower supply cost, says Mark Rachal of CMS. Read more»