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US Trade Policy Has So Far Bought China More Time…

…..But any number of outcomes remain possible, which underlines the fact that we live in a world of elevated political risk. Chemicals companies must, as a result, build multiple scenarios for future economic growth and trade flows.

By John Richardson…

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China To Drive 55% Of Global Polyethylene Growth In 2007-2017….

.…Major risks ahead from this over-dependence on China

 

By John Richardson

FOLLOWING on from my post on Friday, which showed almost exactly the same story for polypropylene (PP), see the above chart detailing the importance to the global polyethylene …

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China Drives 58% Of Global PP Growth, So What’s Your Plan B?

By John Richardson

THIS IS a great example of putting most of your eggs in one basket! Polypropylene (PP) shareholders are entitled to ask what Plan B is if China can no longer deliver as much as 58% of the …

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China Growth Slows On Collapse In Shadow Bank Financing

By John Richardson

YOU should print-off the above chart and stick it on your chemicals company boardroom wall. From fellow blogger Paul Hodges, it shows the collapse in credit issued via China’s shadow banking system.

It is the shadow banking …

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Stock Market Threats Far Wider Than Just North Korea

By John Richardson

LAST WEEK’S steep fall in global stock markets was of course the result of rising US-North Korea geopolitical tensions. Some $1 trillion was wiped off equity values. We obviously all hope that the geopolitical tensions will ease.…

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China’s “Minsky Moment” And The Global Economy

By John Richardson

HYMAN MINSKY was an American economist who focused his career on studying the causes of financial crises. He developed what he called a ‘financial instability hypothesis” which was based on the notion that long periods of stability …

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Life Cycle Of Plastics Packaging Demand And Internet Sales

By John Richardson

THERE is a huge amount of excitement out there right now about booming internet sales and how this also boosting packaging demand and so sales of polymers such as polyethylene (PE), polypropylene and polystyrene.

China is, not …

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China PP Market Outlook for H2 And 2018

By John Richardson

AS IS the case with polyethylene (PE), China’s polypropylene (PP) market continues to catch up with the underlying realities of demand growth.

If you recall, in Q1 of this year PP net imports (imports minus exports) grew …

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China-led Global Downturn Could Again Happen In September

By John Richardson

WHEN the Americans and the Europeans come back from their summer holidays in September it seems quite possible that they will see history repeat itself.

It was of course from September 2014 onwards that commodities prices started …

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Failed Pursuit Of Inflation Creates Major Economic Risks

By John Richardson

BUILDING UP lots of debt isn’t a problem if it leads to inflation that then inflates-away the value of some of that lending.

And debt-induced healthy increases in inflation also show that all of that lending has …

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