China lends guiding hand to futures markets

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The Chinese government appears to have an important objective to achieve while promoting commodity futures trading in the country?

A report in today’s Wall Street Journal says that the government is positioning its futures markets in setting world prices for …

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Beware of the usual smoke and mirrors

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Flying the flag for Q3…

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Yes, Q3 earnings season is almost upon us with the usual headline-grabbing improvements in carefully selected reported numbers.

What this season might tell us about the overall direction of everything is, …

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Thrifty times call for new strategies

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At an investors conference call yesterday, Indira Nooyi, the chief executive of PepsiCo, said she expects the ‘age of thrift’ in consumer spending to continue into next year.

As consumers in the developed world are placing value at the top …

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Chemical execs go long on realism

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Offsetting the risk of being over-optimistic?

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MAYBE there should futures contracts in realism versus recklessness. That way any senior company executive who wants to take a punt on next year being better than 2009 can …

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China’s Renewed Deflation Threat

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“THIS IS RIDICULOUS. I WAS SITTING AROUND UNSOLD FOR MONTHS AND THEN WAS FORCED TO JOIN A SANTA FLEET-HIRE SCHEME. HOW HUMILIATING”

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BEWARE the prophets of recovery in exports of Chinese manufactured goods during the current …

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A Generational Shift In Attitudes To Debt?

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Britain’s last generational shift: The 1980s Miners Strike:

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My late parents hated even the concept of debt – let alone the insanely irresponsible error of actually borrowing money.

This is not surprising as my father …

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Waiting for the cheques to clear….

…..and a January collapse

PERHAPS commodity and equity markets will continue to keep denying the weak fundamentals until bonus cheques for fund managers etc have been signed and are in the bank.

Fund managers, because of the way they are …

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Thai project delays good news for markets, but…..

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….what do these environmental issues mean for Thailand as an investment destination?

 

 

The Map Ta Phut refinery-petrochemicals complex

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By Malini Hariharan (Malini is now joint blogger for Asian Chemical Connections)…

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Challenges for chemicals trading in Q4

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The views of two Singapore-based chemicals traders explain some of the fundamental shifts in production, logistics and demand since the economic crisis began.

“I have done reasonable business this year and made quite good returns, but volumes are way down,” said …

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Is the risk of staying long worth it?

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Yesterday I talked about lack of willingness by western banks to lend money because their focus was on rebuilding reserves.

But Steven Major, Global Head of HSBC’s Fixed Income Strategy Team, puts a …

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