Decoupling talk is decoupled from reality
11th September 2020 by

It was supposed to be a harmless press conference honouring the US Labor Day holiday, but President ...

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The US economy’s hall of mirrors
4th September 2020 by

The US economic recovery from pandemic-induced shutdowns is about as disjointed an endeavour as I ca...

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The pandemic and petrochemicals demand: a whole new approach is required
1st September 2020 by

By John Richardson MONITORING demand has never been harder because of the pandemic. One of my collea...

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China’s new five-year-plan to accelerate petrochemicals self-sufficiency
24th August 2020 by

  By John Richardson IT IS ONCE again a critical moment in forecasting the direction of China...

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Consumers will experience better days, and with newer clothes
14th August 2020 by

Most of the statistics bantered about right now are coronavirus-related, which means they are monoto...

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Why a new stimulus deal could be critical for US polyethylene demand
12th August 2020 by

By John Richardson GOVERNMENT stimulus is crucial for protecting polyethylene (PE) markets in the We...

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With so much hanging in the balance, let data light the way
7th August 2020 by

The fourth quarter (Q4) of 2020 is the most consequential quarter in generations. It feels like hype...

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China moves closer to Iran as tensions with the US build: Implications for petrochemicals
3rd August 2020 by

By John Richardson Opinions and emotions and can shape how we interpret data, but, as we all know, o...

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China polyolefins market H1 review: so far so good, but beware of the risks ahead
31st July 2020 by

By John Richardson ALL looks fine in the polyolefins world. The Old Normal appears to have reasserte...

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Polyethylene market recovery could be threatened by slower China crude buying, weaker economic growth
30th July 2020 by

By John Richardson EVEN by China’s standards, where just about every number is eye-wateringly larg...

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