Weak demand – and the illusion of a return to “normal”
28th February 2021 by

My new interview with Real Vision focuses on the major changes underway in the economy. Our analysis...

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Iran highlights OPEC’s dilemma on output cuts
14th February 2021 by

Saying you “won’t do something” may stop you digging a bigger hole for yourself. B...

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Look for Winners and Losers in 2021
10th January 2021 by

“There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen”. Lenin’s f...

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US chemical companies face ‘wake-up call’ as Biden focuses on the Climate Change agenda
13th December 2020 by

I worked for many years at a world-leading chemical company, ICI. But sadly, it lost its way as seni...

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OPEC set to lose out as Biden, EU and China focus on Climate Change opportunities
6th December 2020 by

OPEC used to dominate global oil markets. In the early 1980s, there was even talk of another OPEC ca...

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Welcome to the New Normal – a look ahead to 2030
1st November 2020 by

10 years ago, I took a look ahead at what we could expect in the next decade, as discussed last week...

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If you don’t want to know the future, look away now
25th October 2020 by

Next week, I will publish my annual Budget Outlook, covering the 2021-2023 period. It will highlight...

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Global chemical industry – key trends for success in today’s New Normal
2nd August 2020 by

The chemical industry is the best leading indicator for the global economy. On Friday, I had the pri...

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“They may ring their bells now, before long they will be wringing their hands”
15th March 2020 by

The wisdom of Sir Robert Walpole, the UK’s first premier, seems the only possible response to ...

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Stormy weather ahead for chemicals
24th March 2019 by

Four serious challenges are on the horizon for the global petrochemical industry as I describe in my...

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