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US Petrochemicals Will Suffer From “The Blame Game”

 

By John Richardson

THE chat below provides some very instructive reading as it shows that:…

Since 2000, overall real consumption in US polyethylene (PE) has fallen from around 12.5m tonnes to 12.3m tonnes (real consumption is domestic production plus

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Another Failed US “Wealth Effect”

By John Richardson

HERE are some alarming facts about the US economy:…

The wealth of the average American tops $301,000 per adult, which left  the US in fourth place in the latest Credit Suisse Global Wealth report.
But median wealth

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China, The US Stock Market And Overvaluation

By John Richardson

THE US economist, Robert Shiller, has a very good track record in identifying  when bubbles have become inflated. For example, as early as 2003, he foresaw the dangers of the US housing bubble.

And so the blog …

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What A “Low Growth World” Really Looks Like

By John Richardson

ONLY six new  US crackers would be built over the next five years because of rising construction and labour costs, said Dow Chemical’s CEO, Andrew Liveris, in an earnings conference call last week. This would be out …

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China: How Conventional Wisdom Becomes Conventional Wisdom

By John Richardson

HOW does  conventional wisdom – i.e. the opinion of the majority – become conventional wisdom?

This is a subject that the blog pondered over the last few days as it wandered around Euro Disney. Unfortunately, Mickey, Donald …

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China: Half Of All Loans Collateralised By Land, Real Estate

By John Richardson

BEN Bernanke, who as at that time chairman of the Fed, warned in July 2007 that the cost of the US sub-prime crisis would amount to $100bn.

To be honest, we struggled to find a final estimate …

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Central Banks Risk Being Behind The Curve

By John Richardson

BACK in 2003 the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) predicted that dangerous imbalances were building up in the global financial system.

The BIS, a Brussels-based international organisation for central banks, was worried that the Fed and other …

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US To Lose Out To China In Energy Race

By John Richardson

ARE you either a “tree hugger” or a “climate science denier”? If you fall into one of these two categories, you will be one of the dwindling minority of people who support a multi-faceted approach to US …

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China To Follow In America’s Oil And Gas Footsteps

By John Richardson

DURING the economic Supercycle it all worked beautifully, as the above picture indicates.

China sold stuff to the West and then bought lots of US Treasuries from their earnings in order to keep US interest rates low. …

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Help Us Answer Some Very Important Questions

 

Sometimes two  graphs can be worth a thousand words.

IF the world economy is well and truly on the right course then why is that global chemicals operating rates have yet to return to their pre-crisis levels? (see the …

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