A political crisis in Washington
30th September 2008 by

As if a global financial crisis wasn’t enough, we now have a political crisis in the USA. Leav...

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The ‘Minsky moment’ continues
29th September 2008 by

More banks disappeared in Europe and the USA over the weekend: • Bradford and Bingley, one of the ...

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China’s export dependency grows
29th September 2008 by

New light has been shed on the critical question of whether domestic growth in China, and Asia, can ...

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Polymers demand slumps in Europe, China
28th September 2008 by

ICIS news reports that polymer demand is falling sharply in two key markets, China and Europe. This ...

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Global chemical growth slows
28th September 2008 by

The latest American Chemistry Council report on global production growth makes sombre reading for an...

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‘The largest bank failure in American history’
27th September 2008 by

Another day, another bank failure. That almost seems to be the pattern in US financial markets at th...

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A debate opens up
26th September 2008 by

Peer Steinbrück, the German finance minister, has joined the growing list of politicians with a vie...

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‘Our entire economy is in danger’ – Bush
25th September 2008 by

In early August, the blog noted that politicians were beginning to recognise the seriousness of the ...

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Eurozone manufacturing ‘in recession’
24th September 2008 by

Industrial production is the key indicator for chemical sales. And it appears a significant decline ...

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US housing starts ‘at 17 year low’
22nd September 2008 by

US housing starts, so important to the chemical industry, are now firmly anchored in recession terri...

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