on December 9, 2016

Plastics have made an enormous contribution to improving our quality of life over the past 75 years.  Polyethylene (discovered in 1933), polypropylene, PVC, polystyrene,...

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on December 7, 2016

There were only two winners from the past 3 months of OPEC’s “Will they?, Won’t they?” debate on output cutbacks. Iran wasn’t one of...

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on December 6, 2016

This year has seen a paradigm shift in how major governments view trade.  We may well be seeing an end to globalisation:   In Europe,...

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on December 5, 2016

All of us would love to be able to see into the future. And 5 years after the publication of ‘Boom, Gloom and the...

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on December 2, 2016

The chemical industry is the best leading indicator that we have for the global economy.  It has an excellent correlation with IMF data, and...

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on November 30, 2016

We are living in a New Normal world.  Populists such as Nigel Farage, Donald Trump, Marine le Pen and Beppe Grillo are gaining support...

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on November 28, 2016

Nearly two-thirds of people in the world’s top 25 countries feel their country is heading in the wrong direction, according to a new poll...

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on November 25, 2016

The Brexit vote, and Donald Trump’s election, confirm that we are in a New Normal world.  In the interview below with Will Beacham, Deputy...

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on November 23, 2016

Italy was one of the 6 founding members of the European Union (EU) in 1957, along with France, the Netherlands, W Germany, Belgium and...

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on November 21, 2016

The bond market vigilantes are back.  And they clearly don’t like what they are seeing.  That is the clear message from the charts above,...

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