Ben Chu is The Independent's Economics Editor. Previously he was the newspaper's chief leader writer.
10 June 2014 01:25 PM
Britain's economy has finally recovered the ground it lost in the 2008-09 recession, according to the National Institute of Economic and Social Research.
09 June 2014 12:36 PM
Bank of England survey shows greater concern over possible conflict in region
05 June 2014 02:41 PM
European Central Bank also slashed its benchmark interest rate to a new record low
05 June 2014 12:00 AM
An external member of the Financial Policy Committee poured cold water last night on hopes that the Bank of England's new macro-prudential toolkit would be able to prick asset bubbles. He hinted at a potential disagreement with Mark Carney, the Bank's Governor, and cast doubt on the widespread belief that the committee is poised for action to curb the housing boom.
05 June 2014 12:00 AM
UK house prices are rising at an annual rate of around 11% according to the Nationwide building society, but the price increases in London have been ever steeper
03 June 2014 11:41 PM
French government has expressed its anger at reports the US authorities are planning to slap a $10bn fine on one of its major banks
03 June 2014 01:35 AM
The Treasury and the UK’s financial regulators have signalled their intention to clampdown on the £3.1-trillion-a day foreign exchange market in the wake of the abuse allegations that have hit confidence in currency benchmarks.
03 June 2014 01:25 AM
Inflation in the eurozone’s dominant economy sank to 0.6%
Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty, translated by Arthur Goldhammer - book review: 'Rich pickings in a convincing critique of capitalism'
21 May 2014 12:00 AM
Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century is simultaneously ambitious and modest. The book is ambitious because Piketty sets out to tell a high-level history of the global economy and to outline a fresh theory of where we are heading. It's the sort of grand intellectual enterprise that was common in the 19th century, but has become a rarity in our era of more specialised scholarship. But Capital's also modest because Piketty wants to put economics, his own discipline, back in its place. Refreshingly, he regards economics as merely a branch of the social sciences, eschewing the hubristic claims for supremacy made by some practitioners.
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
- 1 Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
- 2 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 3 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 4 A third of employers never check job applicants' qualifications, survey finds
- 5 James Foley beheading: Fox news presenter Megyn Kelly annoyed by Ferguson update during broadcast about murdered journalist