Chemicals and the Economy

The BoE’s pre-emptive strike is not without risk
12th February 2019 by

The Financial Times has kindly printed my letter below, arguing that it seems the default answer to ...

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IKEA heads into the circular world with furniture subscription trial
10th February 2019 by

“Once upon a time, Granny and Grandad used to go to a large shop on the motorway to buy their ...

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Fed’s magic money tree hopes to overcome smartphone sales downturn and global recession risk
3rd February 2019 by

Last November, I wrote one of my “most-read posts”, titled Global smartphone recession ...

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Flexible working is key to reversing today’s collapse in fertility rates
27th January 2019 by

Women in most parts of the world are not having enough children to replace our population. This is o...

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No Deal Brexit remains UK law unless MPs reverse their previous votes
20th January 2019 by

“That couldn’t happen” are probably the 3 most dangerous words in the English lang...

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CEOs need new business models amid downturn
14th January 2019 by

Many indicators are now pointing towards a global downturn in the economy, along with paradigm shif...

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Stock markets risk Wile E. Coyote fall despite Powell’s rush to support the S&P 500
6th January 2019 by

How can companies and investors avoid losing money as the global economy goes into a China-led reces...

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Chart of the Year – China’s shadow banking collapse means deflation may be round the corner
16th December 2018 by

Last year it was Bitcoin, in 2016 it was the near-doubling in US 10-year interest rates, and in 2015...

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BASF’s second profit warning highlights scale of the downturn now underway
9th December 2018 by

The chemical industry is easily the best leading indicator for the global economy.  And thanks to K...

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Chemistry & the Economy: 2019 Outlook
4th December 2018 by

There will be no shortage of important topics to discuss on Thursday, at my regular Chemistry and th...

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