Quote of the year

Mervyn King.jpgNever in the field of financial endeavour has so much money been owed by so few to so many. And, one might add, so far with little real reform.”
Bank of England Governor, Mervyn King,
proposing that banks should be split up.

He argues that high-risk trading activities should be split off from low-risk utility banking (eg payment systems). Then, next time the investment bankers go bust, only their shareholders will suffer. The blog imagines most people in the chemical industry would support the Governor’s argument.

About Paul Hodges

Paul Hodges is Chairman of International eChem, trusted commercial advisers to the global chemical industry. Paul is also an invited member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council. The aim of this blog is to share ideas about the influences that may shape the chemical industry over the next 12 – 18 months. It will try to look behind today’s headlines, to understand what may happen next in important issues such as oil prices, economic growth and the environment. We may also have some fun, investigating a few of the more offbeat events that take place from time to time. Please do join me and share your thoughts. Between us, we will hopefully develop useful insights into the key factors that will drive the industry's future performance.


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