Chemicals and the Economy

US oil inventories hit record high as supply increases
30th April 2014 by

Imagine that 5 years ago, you had been asked by your Board to forecast future oil prices.  And supp...

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Global auto industry enters “peak car” era
29th April 2014 by

Q1 saw record global auto sales volumes, as the chart above shows: US and EU manufacturers cut pri...

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China’s polyester market flashes red warning signals
28th April 2014 by

China’s polyester market seems to be trying to tell us something quite important about the rea...

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Ageing populations create repayment risk for government bonds
25th April 2014 by

Government bonds in the larger, wealthy countries of the West have traditionally been regarded as be...

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EU auto sales boosted by 25% discounts and financing deals
24th April 2014 by

When is a car sale not a car sale?  That’s the question that has been bothering the blog in t...

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Caustic soda inventories rise as aluminium cutbacks begin
23rd April 2014 by

An accident waiting to happen is perhaps the best way to describe aluminium markets – the ke...

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Half of all Asians still living below $2/day poverty line
22nd April 2014 by

The good news is that the world’s development agencies are waking up to the idea that income l...

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High-frequency traders pay $millions to be legal highwaymen
21st April 2014 by

In olden days, highwaymen would hang around stagecoach inns, waiting to see when wealthy people were...

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Free China outlook webinar on Wednesday
20th April 2014 by

The blog’s recent Research Note on the likely impact of China’s economic reforms has at...

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“It’s worse than 2007, because then it was a problem of the developed economies”
17th April 2014 by

William White was the only central banker to publicly warn of the risks to the world economy long be...

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