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India’s Republic Day: Just Think What Can Be Achieved

By John Richardson

TODAY is Republic Day in India and so I hope that what comes next will not be seen as overly negative.

But I think it is essential, as the New Normal develops, that we have an open …

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Indonesia: Seize The Day

By John Richardson

IT WAS criminally wrong. Yes, criminally wrong. Financial speculators drove up the price oil to $100 a barrel and more, which forced developing countries to waste many billions of dollars on fuel subsidies.

This was money that …

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Creating Sustainable Chemicals Growth In 2015

By John Richardson

AS just about everyone, including me, obsesses about the more than 40% collapse in oil prices and what it means for the chemicals industry, here is another statistic for you: 58,000 newborns die in India every year …

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The New Global Financial Crisis: Emerging Market Bonds

By John Richardson

EXACTLY how the new global financial crisis will gather momentum is becoming clearer by the day.

Greatly adding to this clarity was the latest Bank for International Settlements (BIS) quarterly report, which was released earlier this week.…

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September 2008: How History Is Repeating Itself

By John Richardson

WE know that weak growth in China, Europe and the US will have a major negative impact on the global economy in 2015.

But does this really mean a new global financial crisis? Won’t the world’s economy …

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Crude Oil: How To Avoid A 2015 Budget Disaster

By John Richardson

IF I knew the outcome of today’s crucial OPEC meeting in Vienna well, of course, I wouldn’t have to write this blog post to make a living.

But what I do know is that oil markets, now …

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Oil At $100 Was “A Rich World Luxury”

By John Richardson

THE attitude towards lower oil prices in the developing world  is “bring it on”, as it is an opportunity for hundreds of millions more people to escape poverty (see the above diagram).

Once people start earning, say, …

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Saudi Arabia Can Withstand Years Of Lower Oil Prices

By John Richardson

QUITE a common argument out there is that if and when higher cost US shale oil production shuts down, oil prices will start creeping up again  – and they will soon reach close to $100 a barrel …

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Global Polyethylene: A Painful Balancing Act

By John Richardson

HERE are a few important facts about polyethylene (PE):…

China accounted for 30%, or 2.35m tonnes , of global imports of linear low-density PE (LLDPE) in 2013 (see the above chart).
It accounted for 43% of high-density

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Fed Policies Increase Emerging Market Poverty

By John Richardson

THERE are 2.8bn people – 40% of the world’s population – who live on $2-10 a day.

These people are “the fragile middle”, according to the Financial Times, as they are constantly in danger of falling back …

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