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Financial Markets Miss A Bigger China Devaluation

By John Richardson

FINANCIAL markets are like children in that they are incapable of focusing on more than two things at once, according to according to Stephanie Flanders – JP Morgan Asset Management’s chief market strategist for Europe.

To justify …

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Oil Prices, Chemicals Markets Face Steep Declines

By John Richardson

THERE are three things you need to know about today’s global chemicals markets:…

Oil prices are now retreating back to quite probably below $30/bbl, and so of course there will be a chemicals destocking process.
But the

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The Blog Is On Holiday, Will Be Back On 25 July

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Brexit The Result Of Diminished Economic Opportunities

By John Richardson

THE above diagram is just a sample of the complexity facing Britain, the rest of the EU and the global economy following last Thursday’s victory by the Leave campaign.

And once you have studied the Credit Suisse …

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Britain’s EU Exit Vote Reflects Lack of Trust In Expert Opinion

 

By John Richardson

MOST politicians, central bank governors, economists and business leaders told everyone that there was no way that the US housing market could drag the world into a global financial crisis.

Then we were told that China’s …

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Brexit, Other Uncertainties Undermine Seasonal Pricing Confidence

By John Richardson

FOR many, many years, seasonality has been a great guide to short term pricing patterns in Asian chemicals and polymer markets.

Take high-density polyethylene (HDPE) injection grade as just one example, which is used to make a …

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Asian Polyethylene: Challenge The New Paradigm

By John Richardson

IT would be very interesting to go back to 2000 and compare the strength of positive sentiment towards the future of the Asian polyethylene (PE) industry to the above chart.

The chart shows spreads between naphtha costs, …

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Oil Storage, China Credit Threaten Crude-Price Rally

By John Richardson

MANAGE your naphtha and other raw material inventories incredibly carefully over the next few months, as you cannot afford to believe the hype that oil prices have definitively, without doubt, bottomed out.

This has to be the …

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Chemicals Companies Need Security Of Demand

By John Richardson

MUCH of the focus of last week’s Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference (APIC) in Singapore  once again seemed to be about feedstock advantage.

This included several charts ranking the competitiveness of the three major categories of ethylene producers …

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US Water Crisis: Be Part Of The Solution, Not The Problem

By John Richardson

IT SHOULD be pretty obvious to all of us that there is a huge gap in the provision of basic needs in the emerging world. Just look, for example, at the some 2.3bn people who in 2015 …

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