Chemicals and the Economy

2018 will see Winners and Losers appear in plastics markets
1st April 2018 by

Two major challenges face petrochemical and polymer producers and consumers in 2018: The likely disr...

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Trump’s trade war hits Wall Street as tech downturn begins
25th March 2018 by

President Trump no longer tweets regularly about new record highs for US financial markets. The twee...

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Goodbye to “business as usual” model for plastics
18th March 2018 by

Polymer markets face two major challenges in coming months. The most immediate is the arrival of t...

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West’s household spending heads for decline as population ages and trade war looms
11th March 2018 by

As promised last week, today’s post looks at the impact of the ageing of the BabyBoomers on t...

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West faces “demographic deficit” as populations age
3rd March 2018 by

Rising life expectancy, and falling fertility rates, mean that a third of the Western population is ...

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Global smartphone sales slide 9% in Q4, as China tumbles 16%
26th February 2018 by

Global smartphone sales have seen major growth until recently as consumers fell in love with going m...

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Older workers are looking for something more
22nd February 2018 by

The Financial Times has kindly printed my letter arguing that we need new policies to help people a...

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China’s role in market volatility – Beijing’s shifting priorities raise questions over assumptions of global growth
19th February 2018 by

Commentators have confused cause with effect when analysing this month’s sudden downturn in fi...

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Economy faces slowdown as oil/commodity prices slide
12th February 2018 by

Oil and commodity markets long ago lost contact with the real world of supply and demand. Instead, t...

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London house prices risk perfect storm as interest rates rise
5th February 2018 by

2000 should have been the natural end of the BabyBoomer-led economic SuperCycle. The oldest Boomer ...

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