Chemicals and the Economy

Stress-testing the global financial system
12th July 2007 by

Yesterday’s “swings in financial derivative prices were so extreme that they implied scenari...

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Will the US housing slump impact chemicals?
11th July 2007 by

Housing and autos have always been key drivers for the US chemicals industry. We should be concerned...

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Chemical company valuations
9th July 2007 by

The prices paid for Petkim and for Lustran reflect two very different perspectives on the current ma...

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ICI and Akzo
6th July 2007 by

ICI has experience of fighting off unwelcome acquisitions. And Akzo may find itself in a difficult p...

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What price oil?
5th July 2007 by

Crude oil prices are climbing again. $100/bbl is not impossible, if current geo-political concerns c...

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4 risks to the world economy
3rd July 2007 by

The latest report from the ‘central bankers’ bank’ provides an excellent analysis ...

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Hedge fund woes and the chemical industry
3rd July 2007 by

The US Senate thinks the Amaranth hedge fund increased the costs of natural gas futures contracts la...

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The 10th anniversary of the Asian financial crisis
22nd June 2007 by

2 July 2007 marks the 10th anniversary of the Asian financial crisis, which began with the devaluati...

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