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...

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...

“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...

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...

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...

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...

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, ...

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...

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...

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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