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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The Fed Reserve chair Janet Yellen has told Congress that a US rate rise will still happen in 2015
Traders in the New York Stock Exchange with Janet Yellen onscreen in the background

US gets twitchy as interest rates look set to rise in September

Every remark by Fed chair Janet Yellen, every bit of new data, is crawled over, with the markets making their knee-jerk response

Greece is bad, but the eurozone's problems go a good deal further

Other nations are suffering the double whammy of high debt and a falling working-age population

Demonstrators protest outside Parliament after the Chancellor delivered his budget

Budget 2015: You think you'll be paying less tax? Think again....

The biggest threat is that this economic cycle turns down before the end of the Parliament. It is odds-on that it will

Many Greeks support the euro and few blame the single currency for their economic woes

Greece debt crisis: Like earlier currency unions, this one will end with a whimper

While flexibility will have to be brought into the eurozone, the path won't be smooth

George Osborne will deliver his emergency Budget on July 8th

Budget 2015: We gave the Tories a mandate, now we will see what we voted for

Circumstances favour the Chancellor as he delivers his Budget, but the deficit still has a long way to fall

Ballot papers are prepared for the Greek referendum on whether to accept bailout conditions

If EU can't restore prosperity to Europe, it's finished

The infuriating thing about Europe's current underperformance is that it ought to be doing so much better

Greece crisis: It needs another economic miracle – and it could happen

It's not for me to say how Greeks should vote, but would more austerity really be in their best interests?

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