Chemicals and the Economy

Paul Hodges

The global stock market decline
18th September 2008 by

Alan Greenspan’s comments (below), led the blog to investigate how the world’s major sto...

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Auto sales fall around the world
14th September 2008 by

August was a bad month for US auto sales. GM sales were down 20% versus 2007, Toyota down 9%, Ford d...

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The blog’s first birthday
5th July 2008 by

Its now a year since the blog started. Since then, 213 postings have appeared. It is now read in 72 ...

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Agriculture – the new focus for chemical demand
22nd June 2008 by

A first visit to Cambodia. I’m here en route to our Asian Conference in Bangkok, and the pictu...

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Oil hits $140/bbl
21st May 2008 by

Chemical companies are still getting used to the idea that crude is trading above $100/bbl. For many...

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A tale of two outlooks – part 2
20th April 2008 by

In an early blog last July, I marvelled at the contrast between the then upbeat nature of financial ...

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India feels credit squeeze
13th March 2008 by

India is apparently facing its own subprime crisis. Banks have cut back on lending, as the Bank of I...

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4 issues driving today’s oil price
21st February 2008 by

Quietly, oil has moved back to the $100/bbl level. This is quite different from January, when it fir...

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The law of unintended consequences
19th February 2008 by

There’s an interesting article on Bloomberg, suggesting that the US Fed’s dramatic interest rate...

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