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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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Pricing Climate Change Into Import Tariffs

By John Richardson

SO, following on from my blog post yesterday, how might developing countries calculate import tariffs on petrochemicals in response to the rising social, political and economic costs of climate change?

One good starting point in just a …

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US Split Into Two Countries And Both Must Prosper

By John Richardson

WHAT is the most important job for any politician? Ensuring the long term economic health of her or his country.

And in the ideal world, our politicians should pick the policies that get this essential job done, …

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China’s New Investment Bank: Either Join Or Lose Out

 

By John Richardson

THE UK, first of all, agreed to join the China-led Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and now France, Germany and Italy have followed suit.

Encouragingly, also, in one of the few good decisions since he came …

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Africa: How To Seize Another Opportunity

By John Richardson

WHEN you’ve finished renegotiating with your lenders, your shareholders and your bondholders about what the collapse of oil prices means for your chemicals company, you will, hopefully, have a strategy to come through this crisis more or …

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What Yuan Depreciation Means

By John Richardson

THE truth is that nobody has ever entirely understood the nature of China’s chemicals and polymers demand.

During the good times, at the height of China’s credit Ponzi scheme, if you were a sales manager, why ask …

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China: Do The Maths On 2014 GDP Growth

By John Richardson

DO the maths and you should be able to assess what could happen to China’s GDP growth in 2014:…

The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences wrote last week in the China Daily: If the PBOC loosens monetary

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Chemicals Companies Need To Prepare For Deflation in 2014

By John Richardson

IF the US Fed’s polices are working why is AP Moller Mearsk – the shipping company which is widely seen as a proxy for global trade – cutting costs and reducing capacity?

Probably because as Henny Sender …

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Malaysia Reform Complacency And The Fed

By John Richardson

REFORM complacency could well be one of the harmful results for Asia ex-China of the Federal Open Market Committee’s (FOMC) decision not to taper quantitative easing any time very soon, financial analysts have warned.

“While we could …

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The Great Polyethylene Mystery Hunt Continues

By John Richardson

REPORTS of soaring apparent polyethylene (PE) demand (imports plus domestic production) in China continue as the search also persists for an explanation, given the country’s weak macro-economic environment.

Last week we wrote of  a 13% increase in …

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