“They may ring their bells now, before long they will be wringing their hands”
15th March 2020 by

The wisdom of Sir Robert Walpole, the UK’s first premier, seems the only possible response to ...

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Chain’s smartphone and auto sales tumble as coronavirus hits demand
8th March 2020 by

China is the world’s largest market for smartphones and autos – responsible for c30% of ...

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Oil markets hit perfect storm as coronavirus cuts demand
1st March 2020 by

Former Saudi Oil Minister Sheikh Yamani’s warning in 2000 looks increasingly prophetic today: ...

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China’s lockdown makes global debt crisis now almost certain
23rd February 2020 by

Beijing has a population of 21.5 million, but you wouldn’t know it from this BBC video from la...

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Financial markets head for (another) train crash as coronavirus starts to impact
17th February 2020 by

China’s industrial heartland of Hubei (pop 59m) and its capital Wuhan (pop 11m) have now been ...

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Coronavirus disruptions make global recession almost certain
11th February 2020 by

Last month, our Hong Kong-based pH Report colleague, Daniël de Blocq van Scheltinga, warned of the ...

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Your A to Z Guide to the Brexit trade negotiations
2nd February 2020 by

A. Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty set out the rules for leaving the European Union. As with most ne...

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China’s plastic ban and recycling launch marks end of ‘business as usual’ for plastics industry
26th January 2020 by

Paradigm shifts start slowly at first, and it is easy to miss them. But then one day, they suddenly ...

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Automakers face stiff headwinds in big emerging markets
19th January 2020 by

Brazil, Russia, India and China disappoint as manufacturers face investment demands of EVs © Bloomb...

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Contingency planning is essential in 2020 as “synchronised slowdown” continues
12th January 2020 by

The IMF has now confirmed that the world economy has moved into the synchronised slowdown that I for...

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