Prices rise whilst demand falls
13th August 2012 by

The blog is extremely concerned about recent market developments. Nobody minds higher prices, if the...

Computers push oil prices higher, again
6th August 2012 by

Trading volumes in financial markets are very low these days. Many ordinary investors are on holiday...

Financial markets hope for more policy ‘lunacy’
30th July 2012 by

The last few days have seen financial markets rallying, whilst the news from the real economy gets w...

‘Waiting for Bernanke’ is hottest show on Wall Street
23rd July 2012 by

‘Waiting for Godot’, the great play by Irish writer and Nobel Literature Prizewinner, Sa...

A is for Agility in today’s VUCA world
16th July 2012 by

Pity the poor purchasing manager, who: • Must keep inventories low as end-user demand remains slow...

IMF warns of lower global growth
9th July 2012 by

Once again, the chemical industry has performed its role as a reliable leading indicator of the glob...

Weak chemical markets suggest difficult times ahead
1st July 2012 by

Over Christmas, the blog spent some time considering whether its IeC Downturn Alert had served its p...

Another Minsky Moment may be approaching
25th June 2012 by

The global economy is now in the middle of its 3rd downturn in the past 4 years. The chart above sho...

Financial markets rally as real economy weakens
18th June 2012 by

Petrochemical markets continue to provide plenty of warning signs about the deteriorating state of t...

“A failure to stay ahead of events”
11th June 2012 by

Petchem markets are doing an excellent job in their role as a leading indicator for the global econo...

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