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...

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“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...

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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...

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Investors prefer JUUGS to PIIGS
5th November 2011 by

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

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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...

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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...

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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&...

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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...

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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...

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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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