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Brexit: Automation Could Replace Many UK Jobs

As immigration declines, labour costs are set to rise. Companies could thus shut down, leave Britain or invest in more automation if they decide to stay in the UK

By John Richardson

THE BRITISH town of Slough has an unemployment …

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US Economy Returns To Weak Growth On Demographics

By John Richardson

THE US is a deeply politically divided country to the point where the divisions are having a profound effect on consumer confidence. As the New York Times writes:

Among Republicans, the University of Michigan consumer expectations index …

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Western Central Bank Finally Agrees That Ageing Populations Matter

By John Richardson

FINALLY – for the first time - one of the major Western central banks is in agreement with what Paul Hodges and I have been arguing since we released our book in 2011 – Boom. Gloom & …

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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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US Auto Sales: Recovery? What Real Recovery?

By John Richardson

IF you look at last year’s US auto sales in isolation, the plan to transform the fortunes of economically struggling Wilkes County in North Carolina makes every bit of sense. In 2015, 17.5m vehicles were sold in …

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The End Of The Economic Supercycle: What To Do Next

By John Richardson

THE above infographic explains the end of the economic Supercycle:

•During the 1980s/1990s, the BabyBoomers – the largest and wealthiest generation that the world has ever seen – entered the Wealth Creator generation (those aged 25 – …

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Here Is Another “One Billion Consumers”: The Over 55s

By John Richardson

FOR too many years people have shuffled from one board meeting to the next, and one conference to the next, in order to talk meaninglessly about “the rise of China’s middle classes” and “one billion Chinese consumers”.…

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How To Solve Deflation: People Need To Retire Later

By John Richardson

AN economic theory is only of any use if it actually works in practice and if it becomes obvious it doesn’t work what is the first thing you should do? Well, of course, the answer is you …

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The Price Of Oil: Another Huge Historical Shift

By John Richardson

FIRST came the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989 followed by the reunification of Germany and the integration of Eastern Europe in general into the Western way of running the world.

Then came China’s rise following …

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US Consumers Can No Longer Rescue The Global Economy

By John Richardson

WE have gone beyond a major turning point in world history when many of the certainties we used to be able to depend on simply no longer apply.

Just about everyone now accepts that the old certainties …

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