ICIS Insight & Analysis: Your window on the global outlook

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The falling oil price, slower growth in China and emerging market economies, and financial market uncertainty are all impacting the performance and investment outlook. ICIS expert commentary, published on ICIS news, the ICIS Dashboard and in ICIS Chemical Business magazine, helps make sense of recent events and puts current trends into context. In the ICIS Insight & Analysis articles below, our senior editors discuss the trends that have made the fourth quarter of 2015 and the first quarter of 2016 so difficult.

Follow these commentators regularly alongside ICIS editors worldwide on the Insight & Analysis pages of ICIS news and on ICIS Chemical Business.

INSIGHT: Heading for economic crisis - by John Richardson

The world economy is very likely on the edge of new, debt-driven economic crisis. The more that things change, the more they stay the same... More »
INSIGHT: Low oil slows second US-cracker wave - by Al Greenwood

HOUSTON (ICIS)--For all of the concern over the rapid decline in oil prices, it has brought two big benefits to polyolefins producers... More »
INSIGHT: Weak macros to pressure US chem ratings - by Joseph Chang

NEW YORK (ICIS)--The US chemical sector’s credit ratings could come under pressure on falling commodity prices, dollar strength... More »
INSIGHT: Falling oil, gas and chemicals prices take their toll at BASF - by Nigel Davis

LONDON (ICIS)--The fall in the oil price is taking its toll on earlier profit assumptions in oil, gas and petrochemicals. The chemical industry’s biggest player, BASF... More »

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