Question mark.pngThe blog has built great loyalty amongst its readers. 24% visit it twice a week.

Recently, as during the 2008 financial Crisis, it has gained many new readers. They also want to better understand developments in the Middle East/N Africa (MENA), Japan, China, and oil markets, and what these might mean for future chemical demand.

The blog continues to believe that the key feature of today’s world is “uncertainty“. New readers might therefore like to read the blog’s New Year Outlook, Planning for Uncertainty, and its recent White Paper ‘Budgeting for Uncertainty’ (click here for free download).

Recent key postings also include:

The Potential Impact of the Japan Disaster, plus key exports
Oil prices – the Libya factor, plus analysis of key exports
Young populations lead social unrest in MENA
Housing markets remain uncertain (plus US, UK, China markets)
US auto companies lack pricing power, plus EU auto sales
Super-computers party in financial markets, and speculation
China’s “60% risk of a banking crisis by 2013”
ExxonMobil sees Integration as key strength

The blog’s New Normal concept highlights the major demographic changes underway. It believes these will create new global demand patterns, and new growth opportunities, for those who recognise them:

New Normal Seminar conclusions, plus P&G’s and Dow Corning’s successes with Shared Value
Prof Michael Porter’s Shared Value concept, as a driver for the next wave of global growth


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