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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Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney spends the weekend with close political friends

Mitt Romney's weekend away with 700 close friends (who happen to be rich)

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US teeters on a fiscal cliff edge

The world's biggest economy risks recession unless Congress acts swiftly. Stephen Foley reports from New York

Stephen Foley: Money market funds and the hidden bailouts

US Outlook: The Securities and Exchange Commission revealed this week that it knew of 300 separate occasions where money market funds, an ultra-conservative type of mutual fund that millions of Americans use like they are bank accounts, have had to be quietly bailed out by their sponsoring broker since the products were invented in the Seventies.

Stephen Foley: Fine on the Surface but Ballmer has to tell us why that's entertainment

US Outlook: Memo to Steve Ballmer: it's not the device, it's the ecosystem.

Stephen Foley: Moody's will tighten the vice on bank downgrades

US Outlook: Arbitrary! Backward looking! Completely unwarranted! Complaining by the banks downgraded by Moody's started the second the rating agency's actions hit the wire late on Thursday night. Citigroup sounded especially aggrieved at the two-notch cut to its credit rating, but all the affected institutions rushed out statements to assert that they have never been safer.

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The software giant's recent launches have tried and failed to match Apple's iPod and iPhone. But it looks to have hit the target with its Surface, the rival to the iPad, which is part laptop and part tablet

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