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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A relaxed Mark Carney delivers his quarterly Inflation Report yesterday

Bank of England signals no interest rate rise until 2016

Threadneedle Street surprises markets on ‘super Thursday’ with dovish message

Ian McCafferty, left, voted to raise interest rates

Bank of England keeps interest rates at 0.5% after only one committee member votes for change

Ian McCafferty voted to put up rates from their historic floor of 0.5 per cent

The Chancellor received only limited support for his deficit reduction plan from Christine Lagarde, head of the IMF

Osborne's deficit reduction plan is more like a productivity reduction plan

Borrowing to invest is entirely sensible; if spending enhances capacity, it pays for itself

Manufacturing expected to continue to drag overall economic growth down

The pace of growth of new orders slowed to 52.2, its lowest since September 2014

BA’s pension scheme has total liabilities of £29.2bn, and its assets are valued at £29.3bn, meaning that it is, just, in surplus

British Airways sacks chair of pension fund after reports of a row over investment strategy

The airline has confirmed that Paul Spencer’s five-year contract will not be renewed after it expires at the end of next month

Larry Fink, the boss of fund manager BlackRock , is among those sounding the alarm

Discount rates: how money off today can be bad news in the future

If we turn a blind eye to this problem, we are in danger of excessively discounting our own future prosperity

Sources at the SFO said they expected Lord Howard to be accompanied by a lawyer

Michael Howard: Former Tory leader faces questions by SFO over oil deal corruption claims

Allegations are believed to relate to the manner in which Soma Oil & Gas obtained exploration and drilling rights in Somalia

IMF staff are currently unwilling to take part in the new €86bn (£60bn) bailout for Greece

Greece debt crisis: IMF staff baulk at signing up to new bailout deal

Objections from fund’s economists throw Athens rescue into doubt all over again

A young person in the UK is now twice as likely to be poor as a pensioner

Britain is no country for the young – in jobs, income or housing

Until young people start mobilising to force their desperate circumstances on to the political agenda – they can expect more of the same

Apple has accumulated piles of cash – how should it spend it?

Are shareholders taking too big a bite of the profits apple?

The Bank of England’s chief economist is the latest to warn that companies’ dividend payouts are too high while investment is too low

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