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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Leonardo DiCaprio in 'The Wolf of Wall Street'

The suburbs are becoming uneasy as home-grown inequality turns the American Dream into the American nightmare

The very top income groups have done far better than middle and lower ones

There’s much to be said for normality in the US economy

Steady and solid growth – rather than boom and bust – shows a welcome return to stability

Hamish McRae: The Brics and the developed economies are all rebalancing. Over the next year the latter will probably come out on top

Economic View: The gap has narrowed between emerging markets and the US, UK, Japan and eurozone

The Government’s pensions overhaul could signal a return to a time when property wasn’t the major way for Britons to save

Until 1971, more people were renting than owning  – like Germany today

George Osborne presents his Budget to the House of Commons

This Budget makes George Osborne the Bismarck of our time

Not since the 1870s has there been such a shift. From now on, we will be responsible for our own pensions

Budget 2014: To raise living standards we must increase productivity

The first debate is whether the UK might improve its economic performance in the medium-term; the second, how the Government’s detailed moves are likely to affect different groups

Western sanctions against Russia would only prove counter-productive

Putin is leading a nation already in the grip of long-term economic decline

China must keep pedalling or the bicycle will wobble

The end of China's boom need not trigger a bust

Don't believe the doomsters. Slower Chinese growth would lower energy and commodity prices and so help the world's poor and hurt Russia, a win-win

Hamish McRae: Increasingly the future of the world economy is being determined by what happens in the Brics

Economic View: While China is pressing forward on bank reform 'the omens are not good'

The Institute of Economic Affairs has recommended for the Budget to be abolished

As next week’s Budget approaches, ignore anything worth less than £5bn – it’s economically irrelevant

Politicians think voters have no idea of the numbers and will react with emotion

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Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
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Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
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Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

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Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game