Chemicals and the Economy

Automakers face stiff headwinds in big emerging markets
19th January 2020 by

Brazil, Russia, India and China disappoint as manufacturers face investment demands of EVs © Bloomb...

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Will stock markets see a Minsky Moment in 2020?
5th January 2020 by

Few investors now remember the days when price discovery was thought to be the key role of stock mar...

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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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$50bn hole appears in New York financial markets – Fed is “looking into it”
29th September 2019 by

Most people would quickly notice if $50 went missing from their purse or wallet. They would certainl...

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Auto markets set for major disruption as Electric Vehicle sales reach tipping point
21st September 2019 by

Major disruption is starting to occur in the world’s largest manufacturing industry.  Hundred...

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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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US-China trade war confirms political risk is now a key factor for companies and the economy
12th May 2019 by

There are few real surprises in life, and President Trump’s decision to launch a full-scale tr...

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Don’t get carried away by Beijing’s stimulus
7th April 2019 by

Residential construction work in Qingdao, China. Government stimulus is unlikely to deliver the econ...

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Fed’s magic money tree hopes to overcome smartphone sales downturn and global recession risk
3rd February 2019 by

Last November, I wrote one of my “most-read posts”, titled Global smartphone recession ...

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Stock markets risk Wile E. Coyote fall despite Powell’s rush to support the S&P 500
6th January 2019 by

How can companies and investors avoid losing money as the global economy goes into a China-led reces...

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