Chemicals and the Economy

Budgeting for the Great Reckoning
31st October 2016 by

One thing is certain about the 2017 – 2019 Budget period.  “Business as usual” is...

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1 in 5 of world population will be in New Old 55+ generation
2nd October 2015 by

An amazing development is taking place in the world today.  For the first time in human history, mo...

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US interest rate dilemma highlights fragile global economy
16th September 2015 by

Should it really matter that the US Federal Reserve might raise US interest rates by 0.25% tomorrow?...

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Stock markets weaken as ‘Ring of Fire’ fault-lines open
11th September 2015 by

“Central banks have created a debt-fuelled ‘Ring of Fire’, and we will no doubt have felt...

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Older people are being forced to spend less
6th August 2015 by

The Financial Times has kindly printed my letter below, commenting on the change taking place in dem...

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45-year baby drought stalls Western economic growth
29th May 2015 by

200 years ago, most blog readers would have been dead at their current age.  Life expectancy in the...

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US economy’s demographic dividend is fast turning into a deficit
8th May 2015 by

My new post for the Financial Times FT Data blog discusses how the ageing of the US population is cr...

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Economic impact of ageing populations is obvious, but ignored
27th March 2015 by

Too many policymakers, companies and investors are continuing to ignore the dramatic changes taking...

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Halving of China’s electricity demand confirms major slowdown underway
20th January 2015 by

China’s reported  7.4% GDP growth for 2014 was the lowest in 25 years.  But even so, it prob...

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Unilever says Q2 market growth slows in emerging countries, developed countries weak
28th August 2014 by

The global economy really isn’t getting any better.  That’s the key conclusion from the...

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