Price volatility | Commodity Price Hedging Strategies



Risks are inevitable. 
Avoiding them is impossible. It’s what you do about it that makes all the difference.








Price volatility | Commodity Price Hedging Strategies



Risks are inevitable. 
Avoiding them is impossible. It’s what you do about it that makes all the difference.







What we're all about

We love volatility. Well, we love what it can do for your business. 

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This is where we thrive – guiding companies through the risks inherent in this volatility. We show them how to protect themselves from the risks. And how to profit from them.

Getting it right will create several high value benefits that underpin successful business in the 21st century:

- Stable and improved profits

- Increased earnings certainty

- Better governance

- Competitive advantage

- Improved reputation with financial analysts and banks



And we do this in a way that reflects Flow&Ebb’s values:
a way that is smart, candid and clear.

How we do what we do

We take something complex – and show you a simple way through it. 


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We do this by taking the practices developed in energy trading, and applying them to all commodities. We do this by developing technologies that reduce risk and automate processes.

This doesn’t mean you’ll buy at the bottom of the market – few ever successfully achieve this. What we do is enable you to make better and faster decisions to take advantage of falls in price and protect against upward swings. 

We also…

...make sure your commodity risk strategy reflects your business strategy. you put in place all you need to be effective.

...offer a technology solution to the essential area of governance .

...use AI and machine learning to predict the future prices of commodities. 

What are we?


Flow&Ebb is a consulting and technology business that helps buyers and sellers to navigate the ever-changing terrain of commodities.


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Amidst the constant motion of commodities markets can be found something solid and something smart, something that will guide organisations smoothly through the tumult, knowing the fluctuations and associated risks both inside and out.

That something is Flow&Ebb.

Flow&Ebb offers a blend of consulting and technology designed to safely navigate companies through the ups and downs of volatile commodity prices.

Our partners

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In 2015 Proxima made a strategic investment in Flow&Ebb. Proxima is a leading provider of procurement consulting, managed services, and on-demand solutions, operating in the U.S. and Europe. Their procurement and industry experts bring a unique set of specialist knowledge and experience to identify business opportunities, highlight gaps and explore new ideas by helping clients take control of their external spend, changing the conventional view of procurement from an administrative function to one of a strategic driver of value. Proxima provides modern procurement for the modern business.

When appropriate, Flow&Ebb operates in a complimentary way alongside existing Proxima engagements.


Flow&Ebb is Actum’s chosen partner for Commodity Price Risk Management solutions in Greece, Bulgaria and Cyprus. Based in Greece, Actum provides a wide range of procurement efficiency improvement services for all types of organizations. Actum’s consultants are highly experienced in delivering solid value procurement solutions. Their goal is to boost performance by combining know-how and technology in strategic procurement, eSourcing, commodity price risk management and overheads cost control.

6_02.png isn’t strictly a partner - that’s because it’s part of Flow&Ebb. But we’re including it here to help spread the word. predicts the future prices of commodities. It does this by using machine learning to decide which data sets to use, and then artificial intelligence to predict the future prices. Predictions are made at various points in the future from 1-day ahead to 1-year ahead. uses analyses all the standard data sets you’d expect as well alternative data sets, such as satellite imagery. Request a demo to find out more.

Our values


Being smart is crucial not only to our success, but also to our survival. We strive to be consistently smart in everything we do. Smart is not just about intelligence. It manifests itself in many ways: Accuracy. Commerciality. Worldliness. Insightfulness. Complex mathematical algorithms. Wise risk boffins. Efficiency. Well presented. Quick-witted. A great experience. Highly capable. And ultimately, reassuring.


We want to be respected for telling it how it is. Being open and honest with our clients, be it good news or bad, is key. This breaks down into two parts: first the raw data and facts – they are what they are. Then there are our opinions and view points on markets and what we believe is likely to happen and why. 


Reducing fear by being clear - it's at the heart of the Flow&Ebb experience. What we do is often complex. We stop it from being complicated. There is inevitably lots of data analysis going on. We make sense of this, and show it in impactful and easy to digest ways.

The management

Richard Cockburn


Richard brings a wealth of knowledge in trading, risk management and financial modelling honed over a period of 20 years, primarily in the energy markets. He has an innate understanding of how markets work as a result. In 2003, he set up Powerisk, applying his experience to develop innovative risk management solutions for large corporates. In doing so, he realised the same approach could be applied to all commodities, not just energy, and the idea for Flow&Ebb was born.

Tom Lawrence


Tom’s world concerns a different type of energy. He cut his teeth on the leadership team of procurement specialist Proxima building it from a start-up in the 1990s to a 250+ strong international business. His experience is multifaceted, working across strategy, operations, procurement, client management, marketing and HR.

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Matthew Eatough

Non-Executive Director

Matthew is the founder and Executive Chairman of Proxima, a leading provider of procurement solutions in the U.S. and Europe. Proxima is a strategic investor in Flow&Ebb, strengthening Proxima’s service offerings to its blue chip clients.


Toby Eccles OBE

Non-Executive Director

Toby is the founder and Development Director of Social Finance. Social Finance partners with government, social sector and the financial community to find better solutions to society's most difficult problems. Prior to this, in the commercial world, Toby worked in corporate finance at UBS Warburg, and built a next generation internet protocols business for Data Connection, a leading UK software company. Toby holds a BA in Maths from St. Edmund Hall, Oxford.