Chemicals and the Economy

Financial markets party whilst petchems remain weak
17th October 2011 by

Financial markets continued their start of quarter rally last week. But their volatility amazes even...

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2012 Budgets
15th October 2011 by

The blog will publish its fifth annual Budget Outlook next weekend. As usual, it is therefore time t...

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Time to confront reality
14th October 2011 by

Peggy Noonan is the blog’s favourite political correspondent. She used to be President Reagan&...

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Politics, beliefs return to dominate economics
13th October 2011 by

The 10000 readers who downloaded the blog’s first Budget White Paper in December 2009, ‘...

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Global oil bill now 5% of GDP
12th October 2011 by

The world has suffered a recession every time the oil price has reached current levels. And as the b...

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US auto sales remain flat
11th October 2011 by

The good news about US auto sales last month was that they were the highest September sales since 20...

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Groundhog Day again as Quarter 4 starts
10th October 2011 by

The great film comedy Groundhog Day saw Bill Murray doomed to repeat the same day in his life, until...

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EPCA attendees worry about China slowdown
8th October 2011 by

China was understandably a key item on most people’s minds at this week’s annual EPCA (E...

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Critical Success Factors in the New Normal
6th October 2011 by

Yesterday’s Scenarios hopefully provided valuable insight into the challenges ahead for compan...

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Scenarios for the transition to the New Normal
5th October 2011 by

The transition to the new Normal is likely to be painful and long-lasting. Future demand growth will...

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