Chemicals and the Economy

US financial markets defy gravity
24th October 2011 by

Blog readers can choose their favourite leading indicator this week. In financial markets, the US S&...

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Global oil bill now 5% of GDP
12th October 2011 by

The world has suffered a recession every time the oil price has reached current levels. And as the b...

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Investment banks reportedly dominated oil trading in US futures markets as prices spiked in June 2008
25th August 2011 by

The investment banks have maintained a consistent focus on oil market supply disruptions and demand ...

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Downturn continues as financial markets sink
22nd August 2011 by

ICIS pricing is a very valuable resource, particularly at market turning points. It highlighted the ...

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Investment banks push oil prices higher
11th July 2011 by

The start of a new half-year usually provides an excuse for the investment banks to publish bullish ...

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European refining margins ‘at 4 year low’
8th July 2008 by

European refining margins are falling, as the US’s need for gasoline imports reduces. Margins ...

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2008 Budgets just became more difficult to finalise
17th July 2007 by

Central bankers are like generals. They seem to prefer fighting their last war, rather than preparin...

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