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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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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