Ben Chu

Ben Chu is The Independent's Deputy Business Editor and economics writer. Previously he was the newspaper's chief leader writer.

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Elena Panaritis had supported Greece’s previous contentious bailout EU/IMF programme

Greece moves closer to default as Syriza splits over IMF representative

Party rebels force leadership's choice for IMF representative to withdraw

George Osborne will present the post-election budget on 8th July

Labour made mistakes – but causing the crash was not one of them

Sorry, but the next Leader of the Opposition should not have to apologise for something they didn't do

Sir Tony Atkinson

Sir Anthony Atkinson and the curious optimism of the godfather of inequality

The pre-eminent scholar of income disparities thinks Piketty wasn’t constructive enough. He tells Ben Chu what needs to be done

Jamie Dimon, the outspoken CEO and chairman of JPMorgan Chase, has some choice words for his detractors

Backlash against JPMorgan boss Jamie Dimon after he branded investors as 'lazy'

Chief executive of giant Wall Street bank branded 'insulting' and 'out of touch' for his reaction to shareholders' executive pay revolt

Average income per head is much higher in London than in the rest of the country, and the gap is growing at an increasing rate

Capital costs: London's divide with the rest of the UK needs to be bridged

Despite promises of a Northern Powerhouse, London's share of total UK household income is still growing.

The trustees of the Lehman Brothers estate say that Jonathan Hoffman is trying to get paid twice

Jonathan Hoffman: The former Lehman Brothers banker who is still fighting for his bonus

He says he is owed $83m, but the trustees of the bankrupt Wall Street giant argue the trader is 'double dipping'. Ben Chu reports on the case that has lifted the lid on investment bankers' astronomical rewards

‘Pragmatic’ reforms may not be enough for the tax campaigners who protested outside Barclays’ AGM

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?

Thomas Cook gets it, at last

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.

It's China, not currency, that matters to Burberry

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.

We should praise Ed Miliband's ideas on business, not bury them

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.

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