Chemicals and the Economy

Companies warn on Q2 earnings outlook
6th April 2013 by

Traders in Western financial markets are confident of 3 key facts about the economic outlook: • Th...

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Oil markets have lost their price discovery role
13th November 2012 by

The US spent $6bn on its presidential and congressional elections this year. Apart from expressing t...

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“Those whom the gods wish to destroy…”
10th September 2012 by

Writing over 2000 years ago, the ancient Greek dramatists had a phrase to describe what is happening...

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A is for Ambiguity
26th May 2012 by

Today the blog ends its review of the VUCA world with A for Ambiguity. The global economy often seem...

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Spain’s economy in “extreme difficulty”
7th April 2012 by

Some things are too ‘obvious’ for highly-paid professionals in the financial world to ac...

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Low Western pensions will change demand patterns
24th September 2011 by

Next week, the blog publishes Chapter 5 of its ‘Boom, Gloom and the New Normal’ eBook, c...

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US interest rates turn negative
20th November 2009 by

The irresponsibility of some parts of the global banking system continues to upset the blog. First, ...

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Germany attacks central bank policy
5th June 2009 by

During the growth years, it became fashionable for politicians to claim that central banks were R...

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The blog in 2008
3rd January 2009 by

The blog is now 18 months old. It has a truly global readership, and as shown in the above map, is n...

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LyondellBasell considers bankruptcy
31st December 2008 by

2008 has not ended well for the chemical industry. First there was the collapse in demand, as the va...

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