Chemicals and the Economy

45-year baby drought stalls Western economic growth
29th May 2015 by

200 years ago, most blog readers would have been dead at their current age.  Life expectancy in the...

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US producers face uphill battle to increase PE sales in China
28th May 2015 by

China is the world’s largest polyethylene market.  One-third of the way through the year, it  is...

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Brazilian, Russian, Japanese auto markets continue to struggle
27th May 2015 by

Bill White’s important critique of the policies being followed by his former central bank coll...

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India’s auto market remains dominated by motorbikes
26th May 2015 by

4 years ago, India could do no wrong.  The ‘Incredible India’ campaign had captured ima...

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Policymakers’ out-of-date economic models fail to create growth, again
25th May 2015 by

Since 2010, May/June has seen the US Federal Reserve start to realise it would have to revise its op...

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Price war hits smartphone market as China’s growth goes negative
22nd May 2015 by

The smartphone market has been one of the ‘jewels in the crown” of the consumer electron...

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Speculators’ oil inventories at record 5 days of world demand
21st May 2015 by

Every oil trader has known the feeling.  You’ve done your sums, talked to everyone, and decid...

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45-year shortage of babies hits Europe’s chlorine/PVC demand
20th May 2015 by

Companies and investors often say “we don’t need to think about demographics – its...

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China’s economy continues to slow as lending curbs bite
19th May 2015 by

Everyone seems sure that China’s government is about to undertake major new stimulus.  Thus R...

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Stimulus proves no solution for today’s economic slowdown
18th May 2015 by

“Central banks have to be mindful that too long a period of very low interest rates can have u...

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