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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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Ageing Populations And Fitting Two Billion Into One Billion

By John Richardson

THE above chart is of absolutely critical importance for anybody who is serious about estimating both the strength and nature of future global demand growth for chemicals.

If you are not a serious analysts then, sure, ignore …

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As Easy Money Ends, Time To Unblock The Plughole

By John Richardson

YOU cannot fix a blocked plughole by pouring in more water.

This is the core message of this very important FT Alphaville blog post, which tells us that:…

While Western central banks have done their best to

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Thailand’s Coup: The Economic Suspension Has Gone

By John Richardson

WE are  going to feel every political, social and economic bump in the road from now on because the suspension on the proverbial automobile has gone.

No longer can Asian economies compensate for their domestic problems in …

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