OPEC suggests $200/bbl oil
30th April 2008 by

OPEC used to believe that its fortunes were tied to the health of the global economy. But as I noted...

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INEOS’ Grangemouth plants on strike
27th April 2008 by

Ineos’ 200,000bpd Grangemouth refinery in Scotland is on strike today and tomorrow, over a pension...

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US housing slows again
27th April 2008 by

Financial markets have been buoyant in recent weeks, as I noted recently. But this is at odds with a...

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Innovation awards for bankers?
22nd April 2008 by

ICIS has just announced its annual Innovation Awards for the chemical industry. Perhaps ICIS might n...

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‘Longer, deeper, wider’
21st April 2008 by

Singapore is one of the global economic success stories of recent decades. Its sovereign wealth fund...

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A tale of two outlooks – part 2
20th April 2008 by

In an early blog last July, I marvelled at the contrast between the then upbeat nature of financial ...

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UK ‘at risk of US-style housing slump’
19th April 2008 by

UK readers, and others invested in the outlook for the UK housing market, may be particularly intere...

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Russian crude supply ‘peaking’
16th April 2008 by

Russia is the world’s 2nd largest oil producer. And it has been the main source of increased crude...

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‘Sometimes those questions lead to war’
15th April 2008 by

The weekend’s finance minister meeting in Washington DC seems to have been quite different from it...

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Every silver lining has a cloud
13th April 2008 by

I am currently lucky enough to be visiting Asia every month. This also gives me a chance to ‘check...

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