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China Drives 58% Of Global PP Growth, So What’s Your Plan B?

By John Richardson

THIS IS a great example of putting most of your eggs in one basket! Polypropylene (PP) shareholders are entitled to ask what Plan B is if China can no longer deliver as much as 58% of the …

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China Growth Slows On Collapse In Shadow Bank Financing

By John Richardson

YOU should print-off the above chart and stick it on your chemicals company boardroom wall. From fellow blogger Paul Hodges, it shows the collapse in credit issued via China’s shadow banking system.

It is the shadow banking …

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Stock Market Threats Far Wider Than Just North Korea

By John Richardson

LAST WEEK’S steep fall in global stock markets was of course the result of rising US-North Korea geopolitical tensions. Some $1 trillion was wiped off equity values. We obviously all hope that the geopolitical tensions will ease.…

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China’s “Minsky Moment” And The Global Economy

By John Richardson

HYMAN MINSKY was an American economist who focused his career on studying the causes of financial crises. He developed what he called a ‘financial instability hypothesis” which was based on the notion that long periods of stability …

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Life Cycle Of Plastics Packaging Demand And Internet Sales

By John Richardson

THERE is a huge amount of excitement out there right now about booming internet sales and how this also boosting packaging demand and so sales of polymers such as polyethylene (PE), polypropylene and polystyrene.

China is, not …

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China PP Market Outlook for H2 And 2018

By John Richardson

AS IS the case with polyethylene (PE), China’s polypropylene (PP) market continues to catch up with the underlying realities of demand growth.

If you recall, in Q1 of this year PP net imports (imports minus exports) grew …

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China-led Global Downturn Could Again Happen In September

By John Richardson

WHEN the Americans and the Europeans come back from their summer holidays in September it seems quite possible that they will see history repeat itself.

It was of course from September 2014 onwards that commodities prices started …

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Failed Pursuit Of Inflation Creates Major Economic Risks

By John Richardson

BUILDING UP lots of debt isn’t a problem if it leads to inflation that then inflates-away the value of some of that lending.

And debt-induced healthy increases in inflation also show that all of that lending has …

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Crude: Global Deflation Still Threatens $35 A Barrel

By John Richardson

HOW you view any set of data depends on where you are standing. A hedge fund manager who has gone long on crude oil might, for example, have been encouraged by this report in the FT last …

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China’s PE Imports: Recycling Ban Adds To Uncertainty

By John Richardson

FOR the time being at least, the year-on-year growth in China’s polyethylene (PE) net imports (imports minus exports) has fallen.

In January-May 2017, net imports were up by no less than 19%. However, the January-June increase is …

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