Lack of affordability limits gasoline demand growth
29th July 2016 by

How much of your day’s wage does it cost you to buy a US gallon of gasoline?  This chart from...

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Wrong assumptions on China growth and oil prices mean danger lies ahead for refiners and polymer producers
27th July 2016 by

It could be a very difficult H2 for anyone involved in the Asian oil and polymer markets.  And give...

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Oil heads back to $30/bbl and probably lower
25th July 2016 by

There was never any fundamental reason why oil prices should have doubled between January and June t...

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Force majeures at all-time highs even before downturn begins
22nd July 2016 by

There is no such thing as an accident.  The chemical industry, like others, has known this for over...

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Auto sales and the oil price: the Great Unwinding continues
20th July 2016 by

Serious questions need to be asked about the likely level of future demand growth for oil and auto s...

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ACS webinar on Brexit and the challenges of over-supply
18th July 2016 by

Chemistry and the Economy: 2016 Mid-year review The UK’s decision to leave the European Union (Bre...

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A VUCA world of Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity
18th July 2016 by

“A week is a long time in politics” was the insight of former UK premier Harold Wilson. ...

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Crunch time for pensions as $13tn of global bonds now have negative interest rates
15th July 2016 by

Around a quarter of global bonds now have negative interest rates.  This means that you get less mo...

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Financial markets surge as investors assume Italy’s banking crisis will lead to ‘helicopter money’
13th July 2016 by

Many of the world’s major investors are assuming that Italy’s banking crisis will force ...

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Europe’s oil product glut halves gasoline margins in 2 weeks
11th July 2016 by

We are approaching the 2nd anniversary of the Great Unwinding of policymaker stimulus, which began i...

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