Ben Chu

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

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Balance of payments deficit balloons to historic high

Analysts warn UK is vulnerable but strong US economy propels Dow through 18,000

Labour's cuts really would be less deep than the Conservatives'

Fleet Street’s top cartoonists have a similar view on Ed Miliband’s deficit reduction plans.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual press conference in Moscow

Pain for Russia, gain for the West - the price of low oil

Vladimir Putin warned yesterday it could take Russia two years to emerge from its current economic crisis. What does that imply for Russia? And what knock-on effects could this have on the rest of the world?

What does two more years of crisis mean for Russia? And how will it affect us?

Could Russia's economic problems hurt the rest of the world?

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures during his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

What does two more years of crisis mean for Russia? And how will it affect us?

The Russian president Vladimir Putin warned today that it could take the country two years to emerge from its current crisis.

Janet Yellen, chair of the Federal Reserve Board

Federal Reserve leaves markets confused about timing of rate rise

America’s central bank last night sent a carefully nuanced message over the timing of its first interest rate rise, leaving financial markets scrambling to make sense of its meaning.

The dramatic fall in Russia's rouble slowed with the government selling foreign currency to prop it up

Russia takes new measures to shore up sagging rouble

Economists criticise efforts and urge central bank to use vast foreign reserves

The rouble staged a brief recovery yesterday before resuming its slide

Russia's long night is only just beginning

A massive central bank interest rate hike failed to support the rouble. This crisis is slipping out of Moscow’s control, says Ben Chu

Japanese stocks plunge despite Abe victory

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe is facing weak domestic business conditions

EXCLUSIVE: Vince Cable’s loans to vital firms will fall short by £1.5bn

Nine months ago ministers said the British Business Bank and the Green Investment Bank would create £2bn in new loans

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