Chemicals and the Economy


Q3 results show companies cautious over the outlook
12th November 2011 by

6 months ago, when reporting Q1 results, the blog strongly disagreed with the rosy outlook being off...

“This is far worse than the banking crisis of 2008”
9th November 2011 by

Long-standing readers will remember that then-UK Finance Minister Alastair Darling was the first Wes...

USA’s PE exports decline despite shale gas
9th November 2011 by

As promised, the blog looks today at the USA’s trade position in polyethylene (based on data f...

Investors prefer JUUGS to PIIGS
5th November 2011 by

Financial markets have become increasingly nervous in recent weeks, since the blog last reviewed dev...

EU’s plan to borrow from the poor boosts S&P 500
31st October 2011 by

The brave new world of modern finance continues to amaze the blog. It still has problems with the id...

Budgeting for Austerity – the Opportunities
26th October 2011 by

The 2012-14 Budget period offers great opportunities, as well as great challenges. Will companies co...

US financial markets defy gravity
24th October 2011 by

Blog readers can choose their favourite leading indicator this week. In financial markets, the US S&...

Europe’s austerity packages start to bite
20th October 2011 by

Its the ‘big picture’ issues that we need to watch these days, no longer detailed foreca...

Financial markets party whilst petchems remain weak
17th October 2011 by

Financial markets continued their start of quarter rally last week. But their volatility amazes even...

2012 Budgets
15th October 2011 by

The blog will publish its fifth annual Budget Outlook next weekend. As usual, it is therefore time t...

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