Aspect Price Manager (PM) is a forward curve management solution that supports the global price forecasting process. It aggregates forward curves and forecasts from all sources into a single database. It incorporates a knowledge-base of pricing methodologies and supports the end-to-end price forecasting process from traders entering differentials through to the delivery of prices exported to other systems.
The Price Calculator performs a multitude of functions for analysis, like bringing price curves together and calculating new forward curves. It uses functions like curve splicing and interpolations to combine multiple curves and time periods.
Store every forecast along with years of historical prices to produce charts that show current and historical forecasts compared against actual prices.
The Repository is a central database that allows you to manually enter market prices and curves as well as automate uploads. All data can also easily be exported.
Use the Alerts Tool to send automated messages that highlight price anomalies when prices on your watch list reach or exceed certain values. Set triggers that send automatic email reminders to personnel responsible for updating prices.
AspectPM allows forward and historical curves to be defined. Historical curves can be mapped to forward curves for analysis and reporting purposes. Other features include:
AspectPM allows slicing-and-dicing of curves in hierarchies of data providers, locations and products. It also applies validation checking during data entry to ensure that manually entered prices are entered within sensible floors, ceilings, and deltas. A range of charting options is provided, including historical charts, forward curves mapped-to-historical equivalents and seasonal trend charts. Perhaps the most valuable feature of AspectPM is the powerful analysis you can perform with charts, which takes you beyond what you can do in spreadsheets. View scenarios using history, seasonality trends and forward pricing in the same chart. Once you load the contract history and curves you want to analyze, you simply point and click your way through the screens to change scenarios. Archive charts for future reference and historical comparisons for accuracy. This gives you an unprecedented repository of historical forecasting data. The chart above shows a 2011 forecast versus 2010 historical prices with 2010 historical forecast. This is a powerful tool in helping determine forecast accuracy.
The chart shows three years of pricing history compared against a 4-month forward curve. Easily change criteria by choosing a different time frame, location, curve, or data provider using drop down menus.
The chart shows a 2011 forecast versus 2010 historical prices with 2010 historical forecast. This is a powerful tool in helping determine forecast accuracy.
AspectDSC is the decision support center for real-time and historical pricing, news and analytics tools. The Price Reader Tool allows you to draw from more than 20 years of historical pricing from Platts, NYMEX, ICE and FOREX with easy market symbol look-up and the ability to select nearby or specific contract information. You can also import historical and real-time futures pricing directly into AspectCTRM.
Build and upload forward curves and save them for easy point-and-click charting analysis. Analyze seasonality trends for heating oil, gasoline, jet fuel and other product specifications in any region of the world. Chart your forward curves against years of historical trends, and against your forecasts to compare your level of accuracy and gain confidence in your forecasts. Change forecasts based on your analysis to enhance your trade performance.
Trading firms require and rely on P&L calculations to determine profit trends and potential risk within the business. AspectCTRM is recognized for its superior profit and loss management reporting capabilities. Risk managers combine these tools with the results of forecasting activities from AspectPM to make decisions based on critical forward and historical information. Because Aspect’s solutions are all built on the same platform, data is delivered at a high level in terms of speed and reliability that is crucial for meeting company performance objectives today.
Prices can be entered via a Web service interface, uploaded via spreadsheets/CVS files or manually entered. Prices can be exported the same way. Aspect Enterprise Solutions provides integration services to comply with each client’s needs.