Chemicals and the Economy

Speculative volume soars in oil markets
6th April 2011 by

Crude oil has been a speculators’ paradise for the past 9 months. Central banks have been maki...

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US Fed’s QE2 programme hits consumer confidence, raises mortgage rates
31st March 2011 by

Last November, the Chairman of the US Federal Reserve justified his $600bn QE2 programme to boost fi...

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Aromatics ‘spreads’ remain stable
26th January 2011 by

Benzene has always been the blog’s favourite indicator for the economic outlook. It has the mo...

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China tightens lending: Saudi may pump more oil
25th January 2011 by

Recent days have seen some signs that the tectonic plates under current chemical and polymer markets...

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Pressure mounts on US Fed’s QE2 Lifeboat
17th November 2010 by

The US Fed’s new QE2 Lifeboat programme designed to raise asset prices got off to a bad start ...

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US wages continue to stagnate
8th November 2010 by

The US Fed’s move to launch its QE2 Lifeboat continues its policy of focusing on measures to b...

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US Fed launches its $600bn QE2 Lifeboat
6th November 2010 by

So now its official. This week, the US Federal Reserve confirmed it was launching its ‘QE2 Lif...

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Oil “would be $30/bbl” without financial speculators
18th October 2010 by

The blog’s argument that oil prices are now being entirely driven by financial market speculat...

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Moody’s worries about the chemical industry
15th January 2009 by

Moody’s, the global ratings agency, is today forecasting a 70% chance of a U-shaped recession,...

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The end of the prologue
28th August 2007 by

The report in today’s ‘Financial Times’ that Barclays Bank has lost ‘several...

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