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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Even the Greek crisis doesn't seem to matter - and leftist Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, pictured at 11 Downing Street, has become a rock star

Hamish McRae: Only our politicians are keeping markets from partying like it’s 1999

Economic View: For most people in Britain this does not feel like a great recovery. For many businesses, it doesn't either

The dashing Greek Finance Minister isn't anti-American – he wants a repeat of Roosevelt's New Deal

Mutualisation of European debt is the solution sought by many, including Yanis Varoufakis

This unusual era of super-low rates may hurt but it won't last

There is an upside to low and negative bond yields: they should push money out into the real economy

The Athens Stock Exchange yesterday; the new Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, has pledged to avoid a clash with creditors

Hamish McRae: The odds are on a Greek debt deal. But it won't work

Economic View: Whenever there is a political shock, you should beware of instant market reactions

As the world of work changes, so must the way we plan our lives

Job insecurity means saving in the good times to tide over the uncertain ones

The recovery has been engineered - things can only get worse

No one will admit it, but we are in the middle of a pre-election boom. And we all know what follows...

It is the 'unknown unknowns' to use Donald Rumsfeld's famous expression that bite investors on the backside

Hamish McRae: Forget the known unknowns - unknown unknowns are the worry

Economic View: When you make money you are clever; when you lose it, it is someone else's fault

“Will we accept an economy where only a few of us do spectacularly well?” Obama asked in his State of the Union speech

State of the Union: For the first time since Obama took office, the economy is big enough to share

Growth makes the rich richer – but then it also makes all of us richer

Growth makes the rich richer - but then it also makes all of us richer

Redistributive action can help at the margin, but it won't fix the problem without growth

A store in Berlin advertises price cuts. With German bund yields already below zero, money-printing may fail to end deflation

Hamish McRae: Does QE pass the test for all policy initiatives - first, do no harm?

Economic View: The eurozone's lost decade is such a disaster that anything the ECB does should be welcomed

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