Chemicals and the Economy

2008 Budgets just became more difficult to finalise
17th July 2007 by

Central bankers are like generals. They seem to prefer fighting their last war, rather than preparin...

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‘Its the price that matters’: Wal-Mart and Tesco signal a major change in consumer priorities
14th July 2007 by

Consumer attitudes have shifted sharply in recent weeks. This could have big implications for chemic...

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Stress-testing the global financial system
12th July 2007 by

Yesterday’s “swings in financial derivative prices were so extreme that they implied scenari...

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Will the US housing slump impact chemicals?
11th July 2007 by

Housing and autos have always been key drivers for the US chemicals industry. We should be concerned...

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Chemical company valuations
9th July 2007 by

The prices paid for Petkim and for Lustran reflect two very different perspectives on the current ma...

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ICI and Akzo
6th July 2007 by

ICI has experience of fighting off unwelcome acquisitions. And Akzo may find itself in a difficult p...

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What price oil?
5th July 2007 by

Crude oil prices are climbing again. $100/bbl is not impossible, if current geo-political concerns c...

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4 risks to the world economy
3rd July 2007 by

The latest report from the ‘central bankers’ bank’ provides an excellent analysis ...

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Hedge fund woes and the chemical industry
3rd July 2007 by

The US Senate thinks the Amaranth hedge fund increased the costs of natural gas futures contracts la...

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The 10th anniversary of the Asian financial crisis
22nd June 2007 by

2 July 2007 marks the 10th anniversary of the Asian financial crisis, which began with the devaluati...

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