Chemicals and the Economy

Pricing power – ING’s concerns
30th October 2007 by

Since posting yesterday, oil prices have moved further ahead, with WTI closing at $93.53. I have als...

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Inflation makes a comeback
29th October 2007 by

Oil prices last week rose to an all-time, inflation-adjusted, high in New York at over $92/bbl. Mean...

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4 risks from the credit crisis
26th October 2007 by

The Bank of England correctly predicted in April this year that the risks associated with US subprim...

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Private Equity and the credit crunch
24th October 2007 by

I recently had the opportunity to attend a workshop organised by Pilko & Associates with leadin...

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Budgeting for a downturn
22nd October 2007 by

The ‘consensus forecast’ for 2008 is very optimistic, as I commented in my post-EPCA note. It sa...

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Buffett sells PetroChina
20th October 2007 by

I mentioned PetroChina in the very first blog entry, when the stock was trading at $155 in New York....

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Policymakers turn more downbeat
18th October 2007 by

There has been a noted change of tone from leading policymakers in the past few days. Gone is the ja...

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BP and Reliance
15th October 2007 by

BP and Reliance Industries are both powerhouses in their own fields. BP’s new CEO, Tony Hayward, h...

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Pricing for profit
12th October 2007 by

The price of a product is a key factor in determining the profitability of producing and using it. A...

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Shenhua shares double on IPO
10th October 2007 by

Coal-to-chemicals just took a further step towards becoming a major source of chemical production on...

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