Archive | December, 2012

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Social Change And Growth

South Korea and its consumer-driven economy

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By John Richardson

MEASURING demand growth cannot involve merely assuming that the future will be the same as the past, as this increasingly complex world continues to tell …

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US Manufacturing Exam Question

A lot more than just the standard Model T.,,,

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By John Richardson

THE question on my exam paper this Monday morning is what this outstanding article by the author, Charles Fishman, in The Atlantic …

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China’s Can-Kicking Temptation

By John Richardson

THE China bulls will no doubt claim that the shadow-banking system isn’t a systemic risk to the country’s financial system and thus, of course, the world economy and the investment strategy of many chemical companies.

They might …

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China’s Shadow Banking Problem

By John Richardson

IN the best of all possible worlds, more than a billion people in the emerging markets will become a great deal richer over the next few decades.

As a result, they will be able to much more …

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China: 2013 Growth To Slow Again

By John Richardson

A detailed study of some of China’s positive economic data for November adds a lot more weight to the point we made yesterday: The “recovery” is unlikely to last into 2013.

November marked the first time in …

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China “Recovers”

By John Richardson

ONE interpretation of the rise in the HSBC China Purchasing Managers Index to a 13-month high in November is that next year promises a strong recovery in the world’s most-important chemicals market.

“People have taken considerable cheer …

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The Next Game Changer: Ample Saudi Ethane

Picture: US shale gas worker

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By John Richardson

SHALE-GAS exploration in northern Saudi Arabia shows tremendous promise, said an industry observer on the sidelines of last week’s seventh Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) conference …

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