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China SMEs Under More Strain

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By John Richardson

WE are worried that the recovery in Asia’s chemicals and polymer markets may not be sustained.

One of our biggest concerns is that China’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which make …

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China SMEs Under More Strain

Source of picture: Rex Features

 

By John Richardson

WE are worried that the recovery in Asia’s chemicals and polymer markets may not be sustained.

One of our biggest concerns is that China’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which make …

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The Challenges For 2013

By John Richardson

WE wish our readers a great festive season and wish them all the best for the New Year. We will take a break and resume the blog on 28 December.

We really do wish we could be …

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South Korea’s Demographic Challenges

By John Richardson

SOUTH Korea serves as another example of how demographics are reshaping Asian economic prospects.

“By 2018, 14% of its population will be over 65, making it officially an ‘aged society.’ That is six years sooner than Japan …

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The 99.9 Percent

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By John Richardson

WHEN the Fed launched its third round of quantitative easing (QE3), a Perth Australia-based investment analyst said:

“I get the feeling that people are waking up to the …

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Managing European Volatility

By John Richardson

THE blog was in Amsterdam this week for an ICIS training event involving delegates who were European chemicals and polymer buyers.

They had one overriding question for us: “How on earth do we manage the extreme volatility in …

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EU Summit Solves Nothing

 

European LDPE spot prices at their lowest level since January 2010 

 

By John Richardson

THE EU Summit results might have bought a little more time, but as John Authers points out in this article in the Financial Times, …

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Europe’s “Recovery” Falters

 

By John Richardson

THE mood in European ethylene and polyethylene (PE) markets has changed over the last two weeks, according to my ICIS pricing colleagues, Nel Weddle and Linda Naylor.

“A drop in crude oil and naphtha values saw speculation …

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Confidence And Petrochemicals

By John Richardson

CONFIDENCE is a strange thing. It can be derived from solid reasons for optimism over the future or from temporary factors that can rapidly disappear.

And what is the value of publicly-expressed confidence? Is it often politically …

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Douple-dip Appears To Have Begun

By John Richardson

The start of the next dip in what this blog has long thought would be a double-dip economic crisis looks as if it could have begun.

If not now, it’s going to happen at some point because …

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