Chemicals and the Economy

Markets question central bank power as Great Reckoning nears
19th October 2016 by

TIME magazine covers often capture the mood of a moment.  And that was certainly true in February 1...

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Central banks defy slowing global economy by destroying markets’ power of price discovery
3rd October 2016 by

Markets have one main function in life – price discovery.  If I want to buy, and you want to ...

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US 10-Year interest rates suggest Great Reckoning may be near
19th September 2016 by

 “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes“, Mark Twain Bob Farrell of ...

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6 impossible things not to believe about oil before breakfast
12th September 2016 by

 “Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” Oil...

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Investors panic in “search for yield” as interest rates go negative
7th September 2016 by

Its been a great few months for financial markets.  All the major markets have seen gains, as the ...

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Pensions crisis finally becomes a mainstream issue
26th August 2016 by

It has been 5 years since we first warned of a looming pensions crisis in Boom, Gloom and the New No...

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Suspense rises as Great Unwinding becomes the Great Reckoning
22nd August 2016 by

“There is a distinct difference between “suspense” and “surprise.”  Alfre...

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US pensioners pay the price for Fed’s monetary policy failure
19th August 2016 by

There was one bit of good news this week.  For the first time since the financial crisis began, a G...

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Boom/Gloom Index suggests volatile August may lie ahead
3rd August 2016 by

It may be an idea to keep your smartphone charged and within reach, if you are planning a trip to th...

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Europe’s oil product glut halves gasoline margins in 2 weeks
11th July 2016 by

We are approaching the 2nd anniversary of the Great Unwinding of policymaker stimulus, which began i...

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