Benzene challenges financial markets’ rosy view of the outlook
21st October 2013 by

This is Budget week, when the blog prepares to present its Budget Outlook for 2014-16.  On Saturday...

Markets in wait-and-see mode as holiday season arrives
12th August 2013 by

Markets have moved into summer holiday mode in recent weeks whilst they wait for a new direction, a...

US consumer sentiment confirms Boom/Gloom Index weakness
18th June 2013 by

It is now 4 years since the blog launched its IeC Boom/Gloom Index, as a way of measuring the differ...

US job numbers still below 2008 levels
8th August 2012 by

The US jobs market remains very fragile. That seems to be the key message from last week’s mon...

Simplicity is the new luxury
4th August 2012 by

Today’s VUCA landscape (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity) is having a profound i...

US job news shows demographics slowing demand
8th May 2012 by

Friday’s weak US jobs report seemed to surprise most of those Wall Street analysts who are sup...

Growth in US jobs and disposable income no longer following historical trends
7th February 2012 by

Short-term pressures have come to dominate financial markets in recent years. In turn, they have bec...

Pensions fall as financial market turmoil continues
29th November 2011 by

Increasing life expectancy is an enormous benefit for today’s population. We can all, whether ...

Tesco says ‘Today is the New Normal’
29th September 2011 by

The world’s leading retailers have been extremely reliable leading indicators for the chemical...

“Way too early” to talk of a US recovery
14th May 2011 by

Consumer giant Reckitt Benckiser sell major brands in 200 countries around the world. CEO Bart Becht...

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