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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Facebook, Airbnb, Uber, and the unstoppable rise of the content non-generators

One creates no content, one owns no property, the other owns no cars. The property is at the interface

The state of the global economy has a greater impact than the actions of any individual government

General Election 2015: Whoever wins, these are my predictions for the next five years

The state of the global economy has a greater impact than the actions of any individual government

Janet Yellen has said more than once that the decision on interest rates will be shaped by what happens to the economy

Once interest rates are on the move again, how fast will they rise?

Economic View: Fed chair, Janet Yellen, is expected to announce a rise in rates in the final quarter of 2015

Tourists flock to see foreign supercars in Knightsbridge, but many Britons are less impressed

General Election 2015: Can Britain learn to love its richest citizens?

The whole debate about non-doms, tax avoiders and evaders reflects a discomfort with what the outside world sees as a stunning success story

Protest rally in June 2011 in front of the parliament in Athens expresses opposition to a new austerity package

'Secular stagnation' is an ugly term - let's hope we can avoid it

And we'd better make a wish, too, that the optimists are right on the reasons why growth is struggling

A billion here, a billion there - and not a word of it matters

We have a healthy sense of scepticism about politicians' claims, though I wish we were more numerate

Sao Paulo's 25 de Marco street is one of the most popular shopping districts in Brazil's most populous city.

Whoever wins the election, the maths remains the same

The next chancellor's decisions will be constrained by the cyclical nature of the world's economy

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Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

Join the tequila gold rush

The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
12 best statement wallpapers

12 best statement wallpapers

Make an impact and transform a room with a conversation-starting pattern
Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

Paul Scholes column

Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?