Chemicals and the Economy

$1.8tn of stimulus later, Japan’s household spending unchanged
11th March 2016 by

3 years of massive stimulus spending in Japan has had no impact on the problem it was supposed to so...

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Auto sales slump in Japan, Brazil and Russia as China slows
17th February 2016 by

China’s slowdown is continuing to reverberate around the world.  One way of measuring this is...

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Japan goes back into recession as stimulus policies fail, again
18th November 2015 by

This week’s economic data from Japan confirmed, once again, that demographic changes are far m...

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Commodity price fall pushes Japan back towards deflation
23rd September 2015 by

The combination of ageing populations and declining fertility rates means the world is following the...

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H1 auto sales fall 2% in Top 7 markets, as BRIJ sales drop 15%
22nd July 2015 by

Hi data for auto sales in world’s top 7 markets is confirming my suggestion last October that ...

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Brazilian, Russian, Japanese auto markets continue to struggle
27th May 2015 by

Bill White’s important critique of the policies being followed by his former central bank coll...

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Q1 auto sales rise just 1.9% in world’s ‘Top 7’ markets
22nd April 2015 by

Its hard to be optimistic about the outlook for the global auto market.  The chart above of the Top...

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BRIJ auto markets continue to struggle
16th April 2015 by

Q1 showed little sign of improvement in the world’s second-tier auto markets – Brazil, R...

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Japan’s government debt now $100k per person
3rd March 2015 by

Debt, debt, glorious debt,      Nothing quite like it for cooling the blood.      So follow...

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BRIJ auto sales head in different directions
19th February 2015 by

There has been a lot of wishful thinking over the past 15 years about the BRIC countries (Brazil, ...

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