Chemicals and the Economy

Oil prices flag recession risk as Iranian geopolitical tensions rise
20th May 2018 by

Today, we have “lies, fake news and statistics” rather than the old phrase “lies, ...

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US ethylene prices near all-time lows as over-capacity arrives
13th May 2018 by

US ethylene spot prices are tumbling as the major new shale gas expansions come on line, as the char...

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Apple, Xiaomi squeeze smartphone mid-market as sales plateau
6th May 2018 by

The global smartphone market has finally gone ex-growth as China’s slowdown continues.  In tu...

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Chemicals flag rising risk of synchronised global slowdown
29th April 2018 by

Chemicals are easily the best leading indicator for the global economy.  And if the global economy ...

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The tide of global debt has peaked: 8 charts suggest what may happen next, as the tide retreats
22nd April 2018 by

The results of the central bankers’ great experiment with money printing are now in, and they ...

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Saudi oil policy risks creating perfect storm for Aramco flotation
15th April 2018 by

Good business strategies generally create good investments over the longer term. And so Aramco need...

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Trump’s trade war should set warning bells ringing for every company and investor
8th April 2018 by

There should be no surprise that President Trump has launched his trade war with China.  The real s...

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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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