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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Germany refused to grant Greece’s request of six months’ grace on its loans and a rapid rolling back of austerity measures, instead accepting the belated compromise of a four-month extension

Greek bailout: Money always finds a market, come what may in Greece or Syria

Power versus opportunity: politicians' priorities seldom match those of the big financial managers

Hamish McRae: The economy is booming – but is the growth sustainable?

Economic View: How do people manage to spend more if they are not earning more? We don't know the full answer

Greece bailout: The shadow of US economic supremacy looms over negotiations

There will probably be a deal, but if there isn't, there will be a strong effort to keep the country in the euro

Janet Yellen is set to repeat her first triumphant year as chair of the US Federal Reserve board

Maintaining America's economic recovery will be tricky, as interest rates are expected to increase by June

Employees work inside a limestone powder factory in an industrial area in Mumbai

Hamish McRae: India's growth is outpacing China's. What happens next affects us all

Economic View: India's GDP per head is only about one-fifth that of China, so it can grow faster for longer

Would it matter to the world - or Europe - if Greece left the euro?

For those of us who know and love Greece, the human side matters more

We don't have to love our debts, but we do have to live with them

A new report puts the UK in the middle of the global indebtedness league, a table no one wants to top

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

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