Ben Chu

Ben Chu is The Independent's Economics Editor. Previously he was the newspaper's chief leader writer.

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The Bank of England’s Funding for Deleveraging

The Bank of England and the Treasury released data on the usage of their Funding for Lending Scheme in the second quarter of 2014 this morning.

First annual rise in advertised salaries since recession

Salaries advertised online have registered their first annual increase since the global financial crisis, in a finding that will bolster hopes wages for UK workers might finally be increasing.

Markets prepare for money taps to be turned on in the eurozone

Financial markets yesterday placed bets on the European Central Bank (ECB) launching its own emergency bond-purchase programme before the end of the year in order to boost prices and growth in the weakening euro area.

Ever felt that financial forecasters are making it up as they go along?

If so, you are worryingly accurate, as the most important economic measure can only be guessed at

Janet Yellen signals US interest rates may rise sooner than anticipated

Janet Yellen, head of the US Federal Reserve, yesterday moderated her dovish stance on the amount of slack in the US economy, signalling the possibility that interest rates could rise sooner than previously thought.

George Osborne

Deficit-reduction target in doubt as tax revenues come up short

Doubts over Chancellor's ability to meet deficit target

First Bank of England split over interest rate rises in three years

The first division in three years over rate rises in the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee emerged yesterday as official minutes showed two members voted in favour of increasing the cost of money earlier this month.

Argentina plans bond swap to avoid US debts

Argentina has tried a new legal move in its efforts to avoid paying off US hedge funds that have acquired its debt and which are refusing to take part in a restructuring.

David Cameron should do some homework before sounding off about immigration and jobs

Economic View: His comments risk stoking the potent fear that immigrants are coming here and taking our jobs

Argentina defies US court bringing debt under national law

Analysts warn the swap offer could carry legal risks and Argentina could end up in contempt

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Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years. Now audiences can meet the Biblical femme fatale in two new stage and screen projects
From Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick, the British Library's latest exhibition celebrates all things Gothic

British Library celebrates all things Gothic

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Is the Hard Rock Café worth fighting for?

The restaurant chain's owners are currently embroiled in a bitter legal dispute
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Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival
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Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Lack of Englishmen at leading Premier League clubs leaves manager hamstrung
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They both inherited the iconic shirt at Old Trafford, but the £59.7m new boy is joining a club in a very different state
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Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
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Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
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America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
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How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff