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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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

Easy money thrills the financial markets – but widens the wealth gap

Along with a share boom, and a more muted property boom, comes a dreadful toll for equality

The Bank of England. The OBR predicts the UK economy will continue to grow

Budget 2015: Britain is not walking quite as tall as the Chancellor claims

We've cut the deficit to 5 per cent of GDP. But that's still  the second worst among the G7

British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne holds up the red despatch box containing his pre-election budgetas as he departs No 11 Downing Street, Westminster, central London prior to delivering his budget speech to the House of Commons

Budget 2015: Here's the outlook for the economy – regardless of what Osborne says

There are six ways in which the world economy might develop over the life of the next Parliament

Chancellor George Osborne with the red box last year

Budget 2015: Everything's coming up roses... no thanks to our political masters

Unpredicted economic events have combined to cut government costs while raising living standards

Hamish McRae: What's happening across Europe is good for tourists but bad for pensioners

Economic View: The fact that the pound now buys 20 per cent more euros that it did a year ago will for many of us be a welcome bonus

Boss Tim Cook says it’s time for the Apple Watch. But what can it do that we can’t do without?

From pocket watch to wristwatch to Apple Watch? Time will tell

Technology that lets us do things faster, cheaper or better will win. That is one test the Apple Watch has to pass

Zero inflation is great (so long as you're not in government)

Victorians enjoyed higher living standards without price rises. Maybe the 20th century was an aberration

The UK residential property market outstripped its US counterpart, despite Wall Street outperforming the FTSE 100 since its last peak

Hamish McRae: Does it matter it took 15 years for the FTSE 100 to hit this level?

Markets at the turn of the millennium were overpriced - it was the height of the dotcom boom

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Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
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