Chemicals and the Economy

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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The global economy and the US$ – an alternative view
29th January 2018 by

Every New Year starts with optimism about the global economy.  But as Stanley Fischer, then vice ch...

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US Treasury benchmark yield heads to 4% as 30-year downtrend ends
22nd January 2018 by

The US 10-year Treasury bond is the benchmark for global interest rates and stock markets.  And for...

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US PE exports on front line as Trump changes trade policies
15th January 2018 by

It is almost a year since Donald Trump became President.  And whilst he has not followed through on...

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The return of volatility is the key market risk for 2018
8th January 2018 by

We are living in a strange world. As in 2007 – 2008, financial news continues to be euphoric, ...

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