Chemicals and the Economy

BRIJ auto markets continue to struggle
16th April 2015 by

Q1 showed little sign of improvement in the world’s second-tier auto markets – Brazil, R...

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Lower oil prices support European cracker operating rates
15th April 2015 by

Who would have believed, a few years ago, that European cracker operators would see an operating rat...

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China’s used car market set to drive future auto sales growth
14th April 2015 by

China’s auto market is going through major change.  Tier 1 cities have imposed limits on car...

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Market volatility jumps as Great Unwinding continues
13th April 2015 by

As I have feared, major volatility is developing in financial and chemical markets, as the Great Unw...

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Europe’s QE programme fails to support US markets
10th April 2015 by

Its been a fine run for the Boom/Gloom Index of financial market sentiment.  Every time it has weak...

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IMF says world seeing “a New Reality of lower potential growth”
9th April 2015 by

After 6 years of largely-wasted stimulus efforts, the world’s economic advisory bodies are fin...

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China GDP may fall to 1.7% in Q4, warns Bank of England
8th April 2015 by

It seems that China is preparing for a difficult 18 months.  President Xi and Premier Li have to im...

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US jobs growth stalls as shale gas bubble ends
7th April 2015 by

Apparently Friday’s US jobs numbers disappointed the experts.  The consensus forecast was tha...

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Volatility rises as central bank policies prove wishful thinking
6th April 2015 by

Q1 was very difficult for many companies and investors.  They had wanted to believe since 2009 ...

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A toxic combination for economic policy
3rd April 2015 by

UK economic policy is now coming under discussion, as May’s Gemeral Election approaches.  Th...

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