Chemicals and the Economy

The next billion phone users will be buying $10 smart feature phones, not $1000 iPhones
10th November 2019 by

Smartphone sales plateaued in Q3, down 9% since Q3 2017’s peak of 1.55bn, as the chart shows....

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UK election offers voters no middle ground in December
3rd November 2019 by

Pity the poor UK voters as they prepare to vote in probably the most critical election of their live...

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Budgeting for paradigm shifts and a debt crisis
27th October 2019 by

It is now 8 years since John Richardson and I published our 10-year forecast for 2021 in Boom, Gloom...

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Paradigm shifts create Winners and Losers
20th October 2019 by

MY ANNUAL BUDGET OUTLOOK WILL BE PUBLISHED NEXT WEEK Next week, I will publish my annual Budget Outl...

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Companies ignore the Perennials 55+ generation at their peril
13th October 2019 by

Nearly a third of the the world’s High Income population are now in the Perennials 55+ generat...

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Markets face major paradigm shifts as recession approaches
6th October 2019 by

Major paradigm shifts are occurring in the global economy, as I describe in a new analysis for ICIS ...

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$50bn hole appears in New York financial markets – Fed is “looking into it”
29th September 2019 by

Most people would quickly notice if $50 went missing from their purse or wallet. They would certainl...

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Auto markets set for major disruption as Electric Vehicle sales reach tipping point
21st September 2019 by

Major disruption is starting to occur in the world’s largest manufacturing industry.  Hundred...

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No Deal Brexit still a likely option if opposition parties fail to support a new referendum
15th September 2019 by

Canada’s normally pro-UK ‘Globe and Mail’ summed up the prevailing external view of Brexit las...

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Day of reckoning approaches for US polyethylene expansions, and the European industry
8th September 2019 by

Planning for future demand in petrochemicals and polymers used to be relatively easy during the Baby...

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