petrochemicals

SIMON SAYS: Spreading LPG against naphtha is not for the feint hearted!

Submitted by Simon Hill on Tue, 11/26/2019 - 17:00

After a few years in the wilderness, and I do mean living on the Isle of Wight by the way, I was quite taken aback one day when two industry jargons were used in a flourish, as if I should have known exactly what they meant, one was “PRONAP” and the other was “FEIMOPJ”. Once I had worked out what they represented, I was then fascinated to know how they traded in the market.

SIMON SAYS: Maybe it’s like buying a new car but keeping it in the garage

Submitted by Simon Hill on Sun, 11/03/2019 - 17:00

We make decisions every day, some good ones and some bad, normally those judgements are made to get things done, but on occasions traders will decide to do nothing, to wait, for a market to move to their desired target, or to wait for something to just change. As we approach a significant period in the year, where seasonality starts to have an increasing influence on our market, traders are naturally a little hesitant, waiting and wondering what happens next.

SIMON SAYS: Y Viva España

Submitted by Simon Hill on Wed, 09/04/2019 - 17:00

I had to write a SIMON SAYS on the LPG industry in Spain, especially as I’ve just got back from Ibiza, although not on the mainland, it is very much Spain, with Paella, Serrano ham, and okay, with just a bit of hippie and house music influences added. The picture in fact is the Spanish chef we used to cook Paella, his name had to be Ignacio, and his flair for cooking reminded me of a similar flair for trading associated with his LPG namesake.

SIMON SAYS: Dr. Olefins provides his Economic Prognosis

Submitted by Simon Hill on Tue, 06/25/2019 - 16:36

Many years ago, when I was young and single, I would always come across this guy, I never knew his name, but every new hip bar I went to, he was stood there, glass of champagne in hand. I got to know him, especially as he was able to tell me which the next in-bar would be. I always called him “the Indicator”. It’s funny how we try to spot commodities that can likewise indicate the next big move in the global economy.