Chemicals and the Economy

The blog’s 5th birthday
30th June 2012 by

The blog today celebrates its fifth birthday. Its 1400 posts since the June 2007 launch have covered...

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Brazil’s PE exports increase as its economy slows
28th June 2012 by

Brazil’s economy has soared in recent years, as its raw materials have supplied China’s ...

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Morgan Stanley says commodity supercycle a myth
27th June 2012 by

Morgan Stanley’s head of emerging markets seems to share the blog’s belief that the curr...

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China’s PE demand continues to weaken
26th June 2012 by

China’s polyethylene (PE) demand continues to highlight the slowdown underway in the wider eco...

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Another Minsky Moment may be approaching
25th June 2012 by

The global economy is now in the middle of its 3rd downturn in the past 4 years. The chart above sho...

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Oil prices fall as West, Saudi, pressure Iran
23rd June 2012 by

Oil markets have weakened significantly since they fell out of their major ‘triangle’ fo...

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Eurozone crisis gets worse, not better
21st June 2012 by

Global bond investors have found a new worry. 10 year interest rates in Spain, the world’s 12t...

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High oil prices hit retail spending
20th June 2012 by

Brent oil prices have just finished a record sequence of 240 days above $100/bbl. This was longer th...

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China battles economic slowdown
19th June 2012 by

Wenzhou in coastal Zhejiang province was the first city to encourage private enterprise when China b...

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Financial markets rally as real economy weakens
18th June 2012 by

Petrochemical markets continue to provide plenty of warning signs about the deteriorating state of t...

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