Ben Chu

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

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Personal insolvency rates in the North-east and the North-west increased between 2008 and 2013, whereas they fell in London and the Home Counties

North-South gap widens in personal insolvencies

The unemployment rate in the North-west is lower than in the capital

Stupidly, the election doesn't seem to be about the economy this time

Which might be a good thing with all the false assumptions out there; let's debunk a few of them

Once again European creditors refused to release the bailout cash the Greece is owed

Greek creditors refuse to release bailout funds

Eurozone finance ministers said the Greek Government had failed to produce a programme of economic reforms that was enough to unlock the vital funding

Cranes and building work dominate the skyline on October 24, 2013 in London, England. Reports of recent figures show that London is bucking the national trend, with economic growth continuing after the 2008 crash.

UK growth rate set to fall in final official update before election

Retail sales fell 0.5 per cent in the month

Navinder Singh Sarao, a 36-year-old former bank worker who is accused of helping trigger a US stockmarket 'flash crash' from his parents' semi in Hounslow, west London

Wall Street 'Flash crash' explained: How 'the Hound of Hounslow' could have caused one of the scariest days in stock market history

Everything you need to know about Navinder Singh Sarao's involvement in the Wall Street scare

The 'flash crash' Q&A: What was it, and how could one man cause such mayhem?

UK trader Navinder Sing Sarao has vowed to fight extradition to the US

Greek banks have tapped around €74bn (£53bn) in emergency liquidity assistance from the ECB

Greece bailout: Europe turns up pressure as cash runs out

ECB looks at restricting emergency lending to Greek banks

Navinder Singh Sarao is said to have manipulated the price of futures on the CME, leading to market chaos in 2010

Navinder Singh Sarao: US seeks to extradite British trader blamed for flash crash that ravaged equity markets

Authorities claim futures trader Navinder Singh Sarao was partially responsible for the mysterious market chaos five years ago

Back to Hong Kong for HSBC?

HSBC says it will consider leaving UK once again

HSBC postponed a review a potential move of its headquarters out of London in 2012

Greece is still aiming for a deal with its creditors

Greek bond yields rise again

The deteriorating situation in Greece helped to push Germany’s 10-year borrowing costs closer to zero

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