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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Vladimir Putin at a natural gas pipeline in Vladivostok in Russia’s far east in 2011

The West is too locked in to Russia to cause it pain. But it inflicts a lot of pain on itself

No one wants to be dependent on Russia. This is not sanctions.  It is common sense

Janet Yellen, chair of the Federal Reserve Board

Foreign crises do little to dent America's economic confidence

The contrast with Europe is stark as the building blocks for continued US recovery settle into place

Hamish McRae: The Brics are banking on a rather old-fashioned idea to challenge US and Western dominance

Economic View: Is the new bank likely to be of much use? The emerging countries have done pretty well without it

A strong currency isn't everything

A strong pound is a great tonic, but it's not an end in itself

At one time, presiding over a weakened currency would get you the chop... but things have changed

Hamish McRae: After the recent bull run, it wouldn’t be surprising if there was a correction in the markets soon

Economic View: The central banks have printed shed-loads of money and it has to go somewhere

The Consolations of Economics by Gerard Lyons, book review: Comfort and hope across the globe

Maybe economics should not be billed as "the dismal science" after all. The expression was coined by the Scottish historian Thomas Carlyle more than 150 years ago. Since then there has been a huge explosion of wealth worldwide, but even now it is much easier to promote economic gloom than economic success – witness the appeal of the pretty dismal observations of Thomas Piketty. So Gerald Lyons's solid and convincingly optimistic perspective is a welcome counterpoint to the narrow concerns about both the overall decline of the West and the growing inequalities within the developed world.

Britain and France have very different strengths, but only one of their economies is thriving

France may have a number of valuable assets, but we have flexible economic policy

Forget the politics of leaving Europe. What is the economic case?

The EU summit is said to have pushed Britain closer to the exit. It might be better to be just-in, or just-out

If a long period of growth underpins equities, does it automatically follow that bonds will be undermined?

Economic View: Governments need a long period of very low rates to correct the still-overstretched balance sheets
A new report will reveal the problem of low-pay in Britain

Pay the living wage and it's not just your employees who will benefit

In the age of social media, abuses of power can't stay hidden for long

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