Doing More with Less – the products of the future
31st January 2012 by

The global economy is moving into a difficult period, as it transitions to the New Normal. Debt leve...

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Markets wait to see what happens next
30th January 2012 by

‘Would you buy, or would you sell?’ is always an interesting question in any market. Pet...

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EU ethylene output highlights recession risk
28th January 2012 by

Latest data from the IMF shows that the EU remains the world’s largest economic unit. Its GDP ...

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Crude oil inventories at high levels
26th January 2012 by

The blog’s argument that there is no shortage of crude oil seems finally to be going mainstrea...

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H2 force majeure reports show little improvement
25th January 2012 by

The blog’s 6 monthly review of force majeures (FM) reveals worryingly little improvement in pe...

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Global auto sales growth stalls as BabyBoomers age
24th January 2012 by

Cars are now the largest single market for chemical sales, as housing markets have slowed globally. ...

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“All news is good news” for China’s GDP slowdown
23rd January 2012 by

There is no arguing with markets when they are being driven by sentiment, either positive or negativ...

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Saudi comments increase oil market uncertainty
21st January 2012 by

The International Energy Agency (IEA) confirmed the blog’s worst fears this week, with its ann...

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Europe’s €30trn pension fund ‘hole’
19th January 2012 by

Pensions were one of the great inventions of the past century. Now the European Central Bank (ECB) h...

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A China ‘hard landing’ may be unavoidable
18th January 2012 by

Saturday’s blog post highlighted the risk of a hard landing in China. This risk is very real, ...

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