China’s lockdown makes global debt crisis now almost certain
23rd February 2020 by

Beijing has a population of 21.5 million, but you wouldn’t know it from this BBC video from la...

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Polyethylene’s crisis will create Winners and Losers
8th December 2019 by

Polyethylene markets (PE) are moving into a crisis, with margins in NE Asia already negative, as I h...

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Oil markets hold their ‘flag shape’ for the moment, as recession risks mount
17th November 2019 by

Oil markets can’t quite make up their mind as to what they want to do, as the chart confirms. ...

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Oil market weakness suggests recession now more likely than Middle East war
11th August 2019 by

Oil markets remain poised between fear of recession and fear of a US attack on Iran. But gradually i...

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Recession risk rises as Iran tensions and US-China trade war build
26th May 2019 by

Oil markets are once again uneasily balanced between two completely different outcomes – and o...

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Déjà vu all over again for oil markets as recession risks rise
3rd March 2019 by

Back in 2015, veteran Saudi Oil Minister Ali  Naimi was very clear about Saudi’s need to adop...

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CEOs need new business models amid downturn
14th January 2019 by

Many indicators are now pointing towards a global downturn in the economy, along with paradigm shif...

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Asian downturn worsens, bringing global recession nearer
25th November 2018 by

The chemical industry is the best leading indicator for the global economy.  And my visit to Singap...

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Chemical output signals trouble for global economy
4th November 2018 by

A petrochemical plant on the outskirts of Shanghai. Chinese chemical industry production has been ne...

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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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