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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You can’t blame immigrants for wanting to go to a country as successful as Switzerland. So does it make sense to keep them out?

Democracy is democracy and the politicians have to do what the voters want

Putin has thrown £30bn at the winter games

Russia's Winter Olympics party hides the economic truth

President Putin's willingness to blow $50bn on the Sochi Games shows a weakness shared by those other emerging markets: Brazil, India and China

Big country: Morzine connects to the vast Portes du Soleil

Hamish McRae: Now that the economy is moving decently, it is important policymakers do not muck things up

Economic View: Better for the Bank to make an early start on the path to normality than move too late

Russia doesn’t seem to care that it has had to spend stupid money in order to host the Winter Olympics. Maybe it should

The Games are stunningly, ludicrously, absurdly expensive. To take a round figure they look like costing $50bn

Michael Gove has suggested Moocs be used in schools to broaden the curriculum

A better quality of life does not have to cost a thing

Technology is improving our existence in ways that don't show up in the GDP figures, which is tricky for the politicians – but great for the rest of us

After a decade of pre-eminence, the balance of the world economy is tilting away from the BRICS

While these countries were growing so fast… we tended to ignore the warning signs

Mark Carney's speech implied there would be no early rise in interest rates

Carney should learn the discipline of burgernomics

He can try to talk down sterling, but the Big Mac index, based on the cost of one of the world’s favourite fast food item, shows it’s just about right

Hamish McRae: Good job figures and bad growth or good growth and poor jobs - a transatlantic tale of two recoveries

Economic View: In the past, there may have been more people working in the informal economy

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