Ben Chu

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

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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

George Osborne won the endorsement of the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde

'Jobs miracle' powers on as George Osborne wins praise from IMF's Christine Lagarde

Forecasts from the IMF’s staff earlier this week were less optimistic about growth and tax revenues over the next five years than the OBR

Athens is attempting to negotiate a better deal with its creditor nations in the European Union

New fears over Greece send shockwaves through debt markets

Athens is rapidly running short of cash and its eurozone partners are holding out on making a bailout payment

Bernanke’s move raised eyebrows because Citadel is highly leveraged

Ben Bernanke joins Citadel hedge fund

He will offer analysis on economic and financial issues

The lady doth protest at the wrong thing

Outlook ECB dictatorship? If only. The problem with the slogan howled by the protester at Mario Draghi at a Frankfurt press conference is that, on the contrary, the ECB has not been dominating enough in the single currency. It’s been holding back and not doing its job.

Barclays discovers the value of its depositors

Outlook Speaking of the cost of doing business, Barclays has announced that it will pay £7 a month to its loyal current account customers from next week. It’s quite a U-turn. Not long ago both Barclays’ chief executive, Antony Jenkins, and its chairman, Sir David Walker, were mooting imposing charges on current accounts.

One of the lessons from the Lehman Brothers’ collapse was that financial institutions need to keep clients’ money strictly segregated from their own funds
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