Chemicals and the Economy

Northern Rock, Carlyle, now Bear Stearns
16th March 2008 by

We have now seen 3 financial disasters in a matter of days: • Northern Rock, the UK’s 5th larges...

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‘Who is this guy Margin that keeps calling me?’
13th March 2008 by

I am indebted to Paul Krugman for passing on this piece of black humour, now going the rounds in fin...

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Fed/IMF worry that US may see ‘severe recession’
13th March 2008 by

The Financial Times this morning reports that the US Fed fears that ‘the economic downturn in the ...

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US$ falls below ¥100, crude goes above $110/bbl
13th March 2008 by

The US$ had now fallen through the ¥102 level, which has held since 1995, and went straight to the ...

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India feels credit squeeze
13th March 2008 by

India is apparently facing its own subprime crisis. Banks have cut back on lending, as the Bank of I...

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Inflation worries increase in China, USA
11th March 2008 by

China announced yesterday that inflation had soared again last month, reaching 8.7%, versus the gove...

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“The good times are behind us”
9th March 2008 by

Central bankers are slowly recognising that inflation is becoming a serious problem. But their respo...

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OPEC holds production as oil prices rise
5th March 2008 by

OPEC today decided to hold oil production at current levels, even though prices are at a level which...

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Buffett says US is in recession
4th March 2008 by

‘If it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then its a duck’. This simple logic probably b...

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3 ways to spot a failing business
2nd March 2008 by

Anthony Bolton of Fidelity has been the UK’s premier stock picker for 30 years. His learnings from...

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