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China: When Sentiment Tells Us Something Important

By John Richardson

THE blog once asked a seasoned petrochemicals industry consultant what the price of polypropylene (PP) was.

“It depends on whether the Hong Kong traders are in a good or a bad mood this morning,” was his reply.…

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Modi Pledges To Do More Than Just Boost The Stock Market

By John Richardson

THE blog is delighted that Narendra Modi sees the bigger picture through this bold statement: “By 2022, no Indian should be without a home, without clean water, without electricity and without a toilet.”

Fantastic. This is exactly …

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China’s Petchem Markets Contradict Latest PMI

By John Richardson

IF you study China’s petrochemicals markets on a regular basis they tell you something very important: That despite persistent efforts to tighten-up supply across several sectors in order to entice end-users into stock building, “hand-to-mouth” purchasing remains …

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US To Lose Out To China In Energy Race

By John Richardson

ARE you either a “tree hugger” or a “climate science denier”? If you fall into one of these two categories, you will be one of the dwindling minority of people who support a multi-faceted approach to US …

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China To Follow In America’s Oil And Gas Footsteps

By John Richardson

DURING the economic Supercycle it all worked beautifully, as the above picture indicates.

China sold stuff to the West and then bought lots of US Treasuries from their earnings in order to keep US interest rates low. …

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Help Us Answer Some Very Important Questions

 

Sometimes two  graphs can be worth a thousand words.

IF the world economy is well and truly on the right course then why is that global chemicals operating rates have yet to return to their pre-crisis levels? (see the …

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China, Chemicals And Interest-Rate Arbitrage

By John Richardson

WHACK A MOLE on the head and another one pops up somewhere else. This is  tremendous fun as an arcade game but not that much fun, metaphorically speaking, for the Chinese government.

“The commodity-backed loans at the …

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China Property: It Is All About Local Govt Funding

By John Richardson

THE more that things change in China’s property markets the more they stay the same, according to Deutsche Bank and Standard & Poor’s Ratings Service.

First of all, here are the Deutsche Bank arguments why all remains …

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China’s Methanol Industry: Through The Looking Glass

By John Richardson

AT first glance, some of the facts relating to China’s methanol sector sound like Jabberwocky  sounded to Alice when she firs discovered the language of that name in the marvellous Lewis Carroll novel, Alice Through The Looking …

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China Iron Ore Stocks Can Build 1,200 Empire State Buildings

By John Richardson

CHINA’S commodity imports boom was, of course, mainly down to the rise its middle class as hundreds of millions more of its citizens became rich enough to buy a refrigerator, a TV and a car for the …

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