Uncertainty builds around the world
26th March 2011 by

The blog has built great loyalty amongst its readers. 24% visit it twice a week. Recently, as during...

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China has “60% risk of banking crisis by 2013”
19th March 2011 by

China’s housing market seems to be facing the threat of a major downturn. That is the only con...

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US auto companies lack pricing power
7th March 2011 by

February’s data on US auto sales contained good news, and not such good news, for the chemical...

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Chemical companies report strong Q4 results
5th March 2011 by

2010 was a remarkable year for chemical company profitability. Back in Q1, BASF’s J├╝rgen Hamb...

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Super-fast computers lead financial markets under QE2
10th February 2011 by

Super-fast computers continue to increase their role in financial markets. They first came into prom...

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China tightens lending: Saudi may pump more oil
25th January 2011 by

Recent days have seen some signs that the tectonic plates under current chemical and polymer markets...

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The $600bn man
12th January 2011 by

In October 2008, the blog featured the US Treasury official responsible for running the $700bn TARP ...

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Another view on rising oil prices
9th December 2010 by

Crude oil prices are now up 18% since the US Fed announced its QE2 Lifeboat policy at the end of Aug...

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China forecasts 20% property price drop in 2011
24th November 2010 by

China’s government tends not to like surprises. Its usual tactic is therefore to talk about po...

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UK house prices begin to slip
11th November 2010 by

The UK housing market has presented a confusing picture over the past 2 years. Unlike Spain, Ireland...

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