Stephen Foley

Stephen Foley is a former Associate Business Editor of The Independent, based in New York. He left in August 2012. In a decade at the paper, he covered personal finance, the UK stock market and the pharmaceuticals industry, and had also been the Business section's share tipster. Between arriving with three suitcases in Manhattan in January 2006 and his departure, he witnessed and reported on a great economic boom turning spectacularly to bust. In March 2009, he was named Business and Finance Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards.

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US Outlook Standard Chartered was no rogue bank. In fact, it might have been one of the financial institutions that was most helpful to the US Treasury here as America has ratcheted up financial pressure on Iran over the past decade.

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Stephen Foley: The disasters that show why we have to be on our guard with algos

US Outlook Si ves algo, di algo. If you see something, say something. It's written in all the subway cars here in New York City, a reminder we mustn't ignore suspicious packages or suspicious passengers. And as we trundled towards Wall Street station on Wednesday, I couldn't but think of it as a warning to stock-market investors, too. Si ves algo, di "algo".

Stephen Foley: Jobs woe that shines a light on lack of relief

US Outlook No relief for the sluggish US economy this week, not from the Obama administration, not from Congress, not from the Federal Reserve.

Stephen Foley: Abercrombie & Fitch has made the usual mistake

US Outlook A few years ago, every trip I took back to the UK I had to stuff my suitcase full of Abercrombie & Fitch gear to hand out as gifts. The retailer's kind-of-preppy, kind-of-sporty polo shirts were practically a fashion uniform for the folks back in London. Not any more.

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Knight Capital fights for its future

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