Chemicals and the Economy

G7 Summit shows leaders are forgetting the lesson of the 1930s
29th May 2017 by

G7 Summits began in the crisis years of the mid-1970s, bringing Western leaders together to tackle t...

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The global economy’s best leading indicator forecasts a downturn
26th January 2017 by

If you want to know what is happening to the global economy, the chemical industry will provide the ...

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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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Volatility rises as central bank policies prove wishful thinking
6th April 2015 by

Q1 was very difficult for many companies and investors.  They had wanted to believe since 2009 ...

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Global stock markets still depend on low-cost money for support
12th September 2014 by

The blog’s 6-monthly review of global stock markets highlights the narrow nature of the advanc...

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India’s WTO veto marks end of global trade deals
15th August 2014 by

The Cycle of Deflation has taken another lurch forward.  The reason was India’s decision to v...

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Global auto industry sales growth depends on China
29th January 2014 by

Autos remain the world’s largest manufacturing industry, and the single biggest source of dema...

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Benzene markets suggest BabyBoomer growth will not reappear
20th November 2013 by

Benzene has always been one of the blog’s favourite leading indicators for the global economy....

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US PVC exports see only modest growth despite shale gas advantage
20th August 2013 by

The casual observer might be forgiven for imagining that the US ethylene industry should be seeing i...

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US employment growth, disposable income, weaken again
7th August 2013 by

June has typically been the seasonal peak for US employment.  July’s data continued this tren...

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