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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Retail sales are considerable up from last year

Just when you thought things were looking up ... er, they’re not

The economy may be recovering but tax revenues aren’t. This is a mystery, with no happy ending

The world is still hooked on fossil fuels

From Russia to Iraq, the demand for gas and oil is fuelling an increasingly violent global power struggle

Hamish McRae: Jobs are being created faster than at any time since records began – but wages, it seems, remain stubbornly low. What's going on?

Economic View: In the last boom we had false signals from inflation. Now we're getting false signals on pay

What does it take to become a high net-worth individual?

The latest global wealth survey adds to Piketty – but with a twist

Tomorrow's jobs are much like today's – except for one thing...

The predicted occupations of 2022 are reassuringly familiar, but how we work will change

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
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His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam