zaterdag 2 juni 2012

Is China Slowing Down?

These days, many commodity investors are living in uncertainty because they read on the internet that China, the largest consumer of commodities in the world, is slowing down. In this article I will take a look at the most important commodities consumed by China. We will see if our concern about China slowing down is validated.

China is already the world's largest consumer of the main industrial metals copper, nickel and zinc. In the energy space, China is the largest consumer of coal in the world. In construction, China is the largest cement (+ ceramics and plate glass) consumer in the world. In the precious metals industry, China is the largest gold and platinum jewelry consumer in the world. Indeed, a slowdown of China will have a large impact on commodity prices.

In the full version of this article I will go through the commodities listed above and we will see that China is indeed slowing down.

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