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Manage Demand And Keep Control Of Your Business

By John Richardson

CHEMICALS companies don’t always disappear when things turn bad. Ownership can instead just change hands.

Reasons for this include the fact that private investors are of course always seeking to make money from any crisis. Why not …

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Investors Mislead US On Oil Versus Natural Gas

By John Richardson

DID you raise the right concerns during board meetings before the end of great oil-price bull run? If you didn’t, this is not intended as a criticism because it would quite likely have been career suicide to …

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Demographics And Economics: We Haven’t Even Had The Debate

By John Richardson

JAPAN has seen two decades of deflation and rising debts. Everyone should now recognise that Abenomics have failed to resolve this crisis. Abenomics were always going to fail because you cannot print babies.

What a pity that …

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The Risks Ahead For Polyethylene

By John Richardson

TOO many people will look at the chart on the left and think, “Crisis? What crisis?” But glance to the right for what it is like in another petrochemicals value chain. What is happening on the right …

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Anchors Aweigh: $26 Oil As Your New Starting Point

By John Richardson

IF not these six months then it will be the second half of this year and if not H2 then definitely, without a doubt, sometime in 2017.

So goes the constantly shifting thinking of some oil, gas …

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Acceptance Followed By A Return To Profit

By John Richardson

I HAVE long admired the work of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, who studied how people adjust to death and set out her analysis in the ground-breaking book, On Death and Dying.  In this, she identified how people usually go …

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Another Distracting Myth: Cheaper Oil Good For Growth

By John Richardson

AS PEOPLE have frantically repositioned themselves over the last few months, one of the counter-arguments to the New Normal is that cheaper oil is a good thing for the global economy.  The rationale behind this claim is …

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A Message To Davos: Why Populism Is On The Rise

By John Richardson

POLITICAL populism, or perhaps more accurately demagoguery,  is a major concern amongst the great and good who are gathered for this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

They are worried, according to the Financial Times, about …

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Oil In Free Fall: What It Means For Petchems

By John Richardson

AS crude heads to perhaps as little as $10-15/bbl, you have  evaluate the immediate, or first order, effects on the petrochemicals industry and then move to stage two – what it means in the longer term.

Right …

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Global Polyethylene Priced Off US Ethane. Why Not?

By John Richardson

WHEN you have spent several billion dollars building a brand new US steam cracker complex, you will of course do everything to maximise operating rates to pay back your debts, even if it means pricing off your …

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