Hamish McRae

One of the country’s most respected financial journalists and commentators Hamish McRae is an associate editor of The Independent. He was named Business and Finance Journalist of the Year 2006 at the British Press Awards.

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A stock investor sits in front of an electronic screen showing the stock composite index at a brokerage house in Beijing, China, 27 August 2015.

China’s fall hasn’t changed everything – it’s really just noise

The market system is pretty robust – you get big swings and we live with them

A-level results: Students now pass exams like they are going out of fashion...

... and they are, sort of, as three big employers alter the way they judge people, probably for the better

People are now more likely to blend work into their holidays

We have created the ‘workcation’ – and it is changing our lives

Taking our jobs on holiday is more common than ever, with a huge effect on what we call leisure time

PostCapitalism: A Guide to Our Future by Paul Mason, book review: Thoughtful, if pessimistic

This sounds like a standard utopian rant, attractive to some, absurd to most

The era of graduates from the university conveyor belt is over

A good degree is only a small chunk of the global skill set that big employers are looking for these days

The pound ended the week above $1.56, which is decent enough, though far short of the levels before the financial crash of 2008

What goes up must come down – even, eventually, sterling

The strong pound is great for Britons abroad, but it's bad for trade. And then there are interest rates...

Cuba’s flag was raised over its embassy in Washington for the first time in 54 years on Monday

US-Cuba relations: Their rapprochement carries a message that should have resonance far beyond the gates of a newly-reopened embassy

Political leaders can make people happier by getting along with each other, rather than picking quarrels

The Fed Reserve chair Janet Yellen has told Congress that a US rate rise will still happen in 2015
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