Ben Chu is The Independent's Economics Editor. Previously he was the newspaper's chief leader writer.
22 May 2015 12:43 AM
Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
21 May 2015 01:29 AM
Outlook The penny finally seems to have dropped for Thomas Cook, with Peter Fankhauser admitting his company treated badly the parents of two children who were killed by carbon monoxide poisoning on holiday in Corfu. Ironically, it was pennies that got the travel company into this mess in the first place: the firm was penny wise, pound foolish. The management was fixated on leaving no possibility of financial liability by even hinting at responsibility. But it failed to consider the financial impact of the reputational damage this strategy could bring. For Mr Fankhauser to say the company had “nothing to apologise for” at the inquest, because it had been cleared of criminal responsibility in the Greek courts, might have been legally correct – but it was a catastrophically callous tone to strike.
21 May 2015 01:28 AM
Outlook The colossal power of Burberry’s brand in China was brought home to me a few years ago when my aunt visited from Guangzhou and hauled me off to an East London factory to rifle through racks of check-lined trenchcoats.
21 May 2015 01:16 AM
Outlook Trust the banks to go and spoil things. The very day after Yvette Cooper tries to make amends with the business community by burying Ed Miliband’s infamous distinction between “predators and producers”, a parade of large banks is hit with fresh regulatory fines for rigging markets, thus reminding everyone that some corporate behaviour really can only be described as… well, predatory.
20 May 2015 02:52 AM
The head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, has become the latest participant in the gruelling Greek economic stand-off to sound an optimistic note about the prospects of a resolution.
Government warned against 'complacency' after George Osborne claims UK's slip into deflation is 'good news'
19 May 2015 06:39 PM
The Consumer Price Index declined by 0.1 per cent in the year to April
19 May 2015 03:39 PM
There are good reasons to think it will be a temporary bout, but we are not home and dry yet, says <b>Ben Chu</b>
18 May 2015 11:55 PM
The Bank of England’s Financial Policy Committee imposed specific measures to dampen Britain’s mortgage market last year
16 May 2015 06:00 AM
Mr Osborne could unveil where £12bn in welfare cuts will fall
15 May 2015 01:09 AM
Claims have abounded this week that new migrants are to blame for weak pay growth in Britain in recent years - but the evidence suggests otherwise
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
Osborne to cap family benefits at £23,000 – announced ahead of his post-election Budget
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
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- 2 Greece debt crisis explained: A history of just how the country landed itself in such a mess
- 3 People all over the world are getting semicolon tattoos to draw attention to mental health
- 4 Greek debt crisis: Yanis Varoufakis's funniest (and most memorable) quotes
- 5 Swedish minister gives strongest case yet on why EU should stop turning away asylum seekers