Chemicals and the Economy


The renminbi rises
2nd January 2008 by

I noted in late November that China’s policy towards its currency might be changing. Now we have e...

What next for the credit crunch?
2nd January 2008 by

For the chemical industry, much depends on whether the US economy goes into recession during 2008. T...

The yuan also rises
20th December 2007 by

Bloomberg reports today that China’s yuan has now risen 12% against the US$, since the dollar peg ...

2008 economic outlook
19th December 2007 by

Yesterday the European Central Bank opened its doors and lent €349bn to 390 banks seeking to shore...

CFO pessimism increases
11th December 2007 by

CFOs are paid to worry, but their worries seem to be increasing quite rapidly, according to the resu...

Should US mortgage rates rise?
4th December 2007 by

There’s a very interesting article in Barrons (the premier US investment magazine) today. It compa...

Asian chemical markets can’t decouple
3rd December 2007 by

Its 2 months since I was last in Asia. It is clear that earlier optimism about the region’s resili...

The US$ just keeps on falling
23rd November 2007 by

A recent Financial Times article commented on the 93% correlation this year between changes in the ...

5 risks to 2008 budgets
21st November 2007 by

The consensus viewpoint is an easy way of keeping up to speed on a variety of issues outside one’s...

China worries over US$ fall
20th November 2007 by

Wen Jiabao, the Chinese premier, spent his trip to Singapore yesterday expressing concern over the f...

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