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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Banks used to have a duty of care. Perhaps post-RBS scandal, they can rediscover it

The mood shifted when complex hedging products began to be sold

Technology will never replace the people who look after the elderly

Predictions of economic disaster are always with us

Britain was meant to have sunk by now – and the developed world along with it. But the good thing about the future is you don’t know what it will bring

Of monks and men: Mount Athos, in Greece, only opens its doors to male visitors

China’s reforms may be hidden in obscure language, but they will help propel its economy to the top of the global league

The shift in the one-child policy will have a profound social and economic effect

The Bank of England could raise rates in the middle of next year

Interest rates rules have been turned upside

A rise is expected next year, making savers happy and plunging the heavily mortgaged into despair. But it also means a return to growth … in theory

Prince Charles lays a wreath at Kirkee Commonwealth Cemetary on his official visit to India on 10 November 2013

Prince Charles celebrates 65th birthday - and still awaiting his key job. Is he a guiding light for the 'post-retirement' work era?

He will be carrying on a life of not-for-profit roles - and planning eventually for a new one, writes Hamish McRae (who has just passed the big seven-zero)

Hamish McRae: The costs of the Bank of England's ultra-loose monetary policy have come to outweigh the benefits

Economic View: We all know rates have to go up. The issue is if it would be better to make an early start

George Osborne will doubtless use his Autumn Statement for a bit of self-congratulation about how things have turned up

If the economy really is picking up, the challenge is to use growth wisely

How long will this cyclical uplift last? Three years?  Five years? Seven years?

The UK’s relationship with Europe will change as its population rises

Britain’s population will boom, but don’t panic

We are set to become the most populous nation in the European Union. We should forget HS2 and instead invest the money into housing and schools

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