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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We should not be frightened of a return to volatility in the markets – provided it can be managed

Economic View: Good news comes in a gradual stream while bad news comes in chunks

Apple's health plans and the apps changing our lives

We don’t know whether this new app will deliver more seamless health care, but the prize, if possible, could be a healthier Western world

Thomas Picketty speaking at Kings College earlier this year

All things being equal, there’s more to be said about Britain’s rich than you'll find in Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century

In the row over Thomas Piketty’s book on wealth and capitalism, some valuable points were missed

Hamish McRae: The European Central Bank is widely expected to act next week against low inflation and bank lending

Economic View: Easing monetary policy will be good for European companies and their share prices

Immigration and the economy: Ukip's call to arms

The downside of economic growth is that it provides grist to Ukip's mill

It's because the UK economy is motoring that immigration is up. The opposite would be worse

Shoppers are flocking to spend their money, the pound is soaring – and the Government is counting its blessings

Economic View: If you want to know what's really happening with the economy look at what people do, not what they say

Shares in Credit Suisse rose when they admitted helping tax evasion

Recent fines make it look like the US is clamping down on tax evasion. But what of the trillions sent overseas by big corporations?

India will soon be the new China. It's the demography, stupid

Indians voted for growth, and one area in which they are already getting it is in their population

Hamish McRae: The economy is growing and shares have hit a 14-year high... but interest rates are to stay at 0.5% until late next year. Why?

Economic View: The danger for the Bank is that it comes to be seen as full of clever people with poor judgement

Seven reasons why Barclays was forced to shed 19,000 jobs

There are forces at work that are altering the nature of modern banking... and no institution is exempt
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