on May 27, 2016

34m Americans will be driving at least 50 miles this Memorial Day weekend, which marks the start of the summer ”driving season”.  But contrary to popular belief,...

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on May 25, 2016

Motorbikes continue to dominate India’s motor vehicle market, as the chart above shows based on new data from the industry association (India’s year runs from April –...

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on May 23, 2016

Global oil traders are having lots of fun as oil market volatility ramps up.  Earlier this month, for example, Reuters reported that “Glencore have...

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on May 20, 2016

Policymakers would be better off following the fortunes of the chemical industry, if they wanted to forecast the global economy, as I describe in...

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on May 18, 2016

Thank goodness for Janet Yellen, and China’s provincial governments.  That was clearly investors’ thoughts, when they bid up chemical company share prices during Q1....

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on May 16, 2016

40 years ago, the vast majority of the British people were in favour of joining the European Economic Community. 67% voted in favour, in...

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on May 13, 2016

China’s long-promised cotton auctions have begun this week.  Their outcome will tell us a lot about President Xi Jinping’s ability to force through his...

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on May 11, 2016

US home ownership is back at levels seen briefly in the mid-1980s, and before that in the mid-1960s.  One key issue today is that...

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on May 8, 2016

81-year olds are allowed to retire, even if they have to wait a year for final permission to be given.  But it seems a...

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on May 6, 2016

There was no great surprise in the news that global smartphone sales fell for the first time ever in Q1.  As I suggested in...

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