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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Remember the 'fiscal cliff'? Well, it seems the US has scaled it

If you're large, flexible and inventive, you can get away with some massive economic mistakes

Now’s the time to get the public finances in order so the next recession won’t hurt as much as the last one

The house price boom really cannot continue and interest rates will inevitably rise

Now back to the big question: what's wrong with the eurozone?

There are worrying forecasts that the entire bloc will show barely any growth for the next five years

An independent Scotland might find itself unable to guarantee the deposits of savers in the event of another financial crisis, the Treasury has warned

Scottish referendum: this will give Scotland’s economy an immediate bounce

The publicity the vote has generated will help boost business

The Bank of England’s rate setters were suitably cautious over the direction of the eurozone, but it’s clear the UK is a growing economy

Hamish McRae on global cycles: The trick is to position ourselves to cope with the downturns

In terms of unemployment this recent recession was not as serious as the previous ones

Thumbs up at Facebook HQ

We might not trust Amazon, Google and Facebook, but we should still give them a chance

The biggest changes in the last 20 years have been the result of a handful of US companies

Nationalist jigsaw: England will remain the dominant power of these islands, both in economic terms and population, for the foreseeable future

Scottish independence: Welcome to the nation formerly known as the UK

Whether Scotland votes Yes or No, we will all be forced to look afresh at our national identity. Hamish McRae - part Scottish, part English, raised in Ireland - dares to imagine a divided future

London's financial district

Businesses should listen to Corporal Jones – don’t panic!

The scare stories about Scotland voting ‘Yes’ are as misplaced as the indifference that preceded them

The 'pure white sand' of Siesta beach has plenty of room for sunseekers

Sarasota: West is best on a Florida state visit

Sarasota is where Americans – particularly rich ones – are choosing to live

Whatever the outcome of the referendum north of the border, the basic structure of both the Scottish and English economies remains the same

Hamish McRae: Money is cowardly – that’s why we have seen it running away from Scotland this week

The less-clear message is that holders of Scottish assets are wary of independence

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No postcode? No vote

Floating voters

How living on a houseboat meant I didn't officially 'exist'
Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

By Reason of Insanity

Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Vince Cable interview

'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor