Chemicals and the Economy

Politics, beliefs return to dominate economics
13th October 2011 by

The 10000 readers who downloaded the blog’s first Budget White Paper in December 2009, ‘...

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Critical Success Factors in the New Normal
6th October 2011 by

Yesterday’s Scenarios hopefully provided valuable insight into the challenges ahead for compan...

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Scenarios for the transition to the New Normal
5th October 2011 by

The transition to the new Normal is likely to be painful and long-lasting. Future demand growth will...

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A 4-point Action Plan for chemical companies
4th October 2011 by

Today’s economic situation is getting worse, not better. The blog believes this is because mos...

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Time for leadership at EPCA
26th September 2011 by

The chemical industry has a turnover of $3.4trn, and is the world’s 3rd largest industry. It m...

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August highlights
1st September 2011 by

Many readers have been taking a well-earned break over the past few weeks. The blog also continues t...

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Investment banks reportedly dominated oil trading in US futures markets as prices spiked in June 2008
25th August 2011 by

The investment banks have maintained a consistent focus on oil market supply disruptions and demand ...

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Investors rush to save with the JUUGS
23rd August 2011 by

Most of us have now heard of the PIIGS countries (Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece, Spain). They are...

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Downturn continues as financial markets sink
22nd August 2011 by

ICIS pricing is a very valuable resource, particularly at market turning points. It highlighted the ...

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Policymakers remain in the Denial phase
20th August 2011 by

A year ago, the blog feared we were “still towards the beginning of the crisis”, not at ...

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