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China Excess Phenol Capacity A New Strategic Tool

By John Richardson

STANDARD Western cost-per-tonne analysis has never really been applied in China’s petrochemicals industry – and it never will be applied.

In the past, we have seen how petrochemicals plants have often been run at operating rates of …

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Eight Steps To Realising This Will Be Worse Than Lehman Bros

By John Richardson

WE are going through a process of realisation at the moment. It is not a linear process   – i.e. not all people will be at the same stage.

Equally, chemicals and other company executives will move backwards …

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China Deals With Demographics In The Right Way

CHINA’S approach to its challenging demographics are in complete contrast to the Russian approach, which we outlined yesterday.

In the case of China, its strategy involves:…

Providing manufacturers with strong incentives to relocate from high labour cost coastal provinces to

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Russian Sanctions Too Little, Too Late

By John Richardson

“A common orthodoxy in Western thought – the notion of  a globalising world in which greater prosperity was ultimately analogous to stability – has  been again thrown into contention,” wrote the Financial Times, in an article worth …

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Demographics And “The Internet Of Things”

A DECADE from now, you might wake up in the morning and:…

Step on scales that quickly shoot data to a service provider that helps you decide how long and hard to exercise on the treadmill that day.
Brush your

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European Energy Sovereign Wealth Fund Needed

By John Richardson

THE blog met with an old friend on its recent trip to the UK, a scientist, who moaned about her local MP’s  ignorance about why energy self-sufficiency was vital for any economy.

“He is opposed to shale …

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Germany Needs To Follow The Example Of Its Footballers

By John Richardson

WHAT a fantastic World Cup and Germany were deserved winners. Their flair, dedication, organisation, attention to detail and team spirit were great to see.

But in Gideon Rachman’s very thoughtful piece in Tuesday’s Financial Times, he highlights …

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China: GDP And Forgetting What You Already Know

By John Richardson

THE blog has a terrible confession to make: We sometimes get it very badly wrong. How’s that for modesty?

A couple of months ago we got it very badly wrong when we kept waffling on and on, …

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China: Half Of All Loans Collateralised By Land, Real Estate

By John Richardson

BEN Bernanke, who as at that time chairman of the Fed, warned in July 2007 that the cost of the US sub-prime crisis would amount to $100bn.

To be honest, we struggled to find a final estimate …

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China Commodities Fraud: The Global Implications

By John Richardson

An eerie calm has descended over financial and commodity markets with volatility at a record low.

The calm is eerie because it reminds us of the build-up to September 2008.

Back then, not one single mainstream economist …

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