Chemicals and the Economy

Current account deficits start to matter
31st March 2008 by

The US Fed’s decision to keep cutting interest rates is causing a major change in Asian investment...

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Shanghai stock market crashes
28th March 2008 by

China is well worth watching at the moment. Quietly, away from the headlines, the Shanghai stock exc...

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‘Too big to rescue’
28th March 2008 by

Readers will know that I am a great admirer of Gillian Tett’s analyses of banking issues in the Fi...

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ExxonMobil regains top place
26th March 2008 by

After 5 months, ExxonMobil is once again the world’s largest company by market capitalisation. Pet...

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FT’s subprime jokes page
26th March 2008 by

Those who liked my earlier posting about Margin calling, might like to look at the new online Financ...

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Oil price volatility rises
24th March 2008 by

Volatility has been rising in the crude oil and feedstocks markets. This is because individual playe...

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US housing weakens again
24th March 2008 by

The above chart comes from Kevin Swift’s weekly report for the American Chemistry Council. Sadly, ...

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A simple guide to the credit crisis
19th March 2008 by

The New York Times has an excellent feature today that aims to explain how ‘US sub-prime mortgages...

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Benzene prices hit a ceiling
19th March 2008 by

Benzene prices may be about to tell us something quite important about future profitability trends f...

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The US$ tumbles
18th March 2008 by

The US$ took a major tumble yesterday, as traders decided the Bear Stearns news meant there was litt...

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