Chemicals and the Economy

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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Budgeting for the end of “Business as Usual”
28th October 2018 by

Companies and investors are starting to finalise their plans for the coming year.  Many are assumin...

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High-flying “story stocks” hit air pockets as credit finally tightens
29th July 2018 by

“Nobody could ever have seen this coming” is the normal comment after sudden share price...

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China’s lending bubble is history
27th May 2018 by

As China’s shadow banking is reined in, the impact on the global economy is already clear, as ...

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Chart of the Year: Bitcoin, the logical end for stimulus policies
18th December 2017 by

Last year it was the near-doubling in US 10-year interest rates.  In 2015, it was the oil price fal...

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China’s lending bubble sees Beijing home prices jump 63%
17th April 2017 by

Greed and fear are the primary emotions driving China’s housing and auto markets today, as Chi...

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US watchdog warns on today’s “quicksilver markets”
23rd March 2015 by

What could go wrong in today’s financial world?  Many stock markets in the West are hitting...

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The Great Unwinding of policymaker stimulus has begun
18th August 2014 by

Large economies are like supertankers.  There are no brakes to use if you want to change direction ...

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Dow’s CEO says “pre-2008 economy was a bubble”
28th July 2014 by

Now its official.  Andrew Liveris, Dow CEO, told CNBC last week that the “pre-2008 economy wa...

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Polyethylene, shadow banking and China’s ‘collateral trade’
22nd July 2014 by

The blog’s latest post for the Financial Times, published on the BeyondBrics blog is below. By Pa...

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