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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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

When housing bubbles burst, misery results. Prudential curbs on lending must be introduced now to cool an overheated market

Economic View: Monetary policy is now too loose, given that the economy seems to be growing at a rate of about 4 per cent

Economic recovery means things are moving back to normal – but a very different normal

Governments must use this recovery to fix the design faults of the eurozone before the next recession hits

Hamish McRae: By some calculations, China is already the most important economy in the world

It is the world’s largest importer of raw materials and the biggest importer of oil

Pfizer

A huge UK-based company is the subject of a takeover by an even bigger US-based company. Should we be worried?

If the Pfizer deal goes through, this isn't just yet another story of a British company selling out to a foreign one. It's about tax, too

Although London companies are optimistic, Londoners aren't

If we're all our own bosses, we might get stroppy with it

The rise in entrepreneurship is to be welcomed, and it may make us more demanding of our politicians

Hamish McRae: Here's hoping that Britain's economy has the capacity to keep boosting output for some time to come

Economic View: Not only is headline unemployment coming down but vacancy rates are rising

Common sense and cars don’t always mix

The EU, reasonably enough you might think, wants to cut emissions even further

A strong pound is good news if you like to travel. But what does it mean for our companies and overheated housing market?

In a world of confusion, sterling-denominated assets don’t look too bad

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