Julian Knight

Julian Knight is the Money and Property editor for the Independent on Sunday and interim Economics Correspondent, previously he was the personal finance reporter for BBC News and has published seven books.

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One of the notable success stories for the National Employment Savings Trust scheme has been the BBC – but these have been all too rare

Julian Knight: Pension scheme has become an empty NEST

Nine months after it was set up, the national savings trust has attracted just 100,000 savers

Claims managers out in the cold on PPI

The well is running dry for firms that are now the bane of the banks in their pursuit of mis-selling claims. But they aren't going away

Don't get gored: Exchange-traded funds are easily traded, but they do have pitfalls

A direct route to tracking as stocks get back to their peaks

Exchange-traded funds can be simple and profitable but make sure you know what you are buying. By Julian Knight

Shutting the door: Delivery firm DHL is winding up its final salary scheme to existing members

Julian Knight: We are seeing the dying days of the golden pension

People need to feel that their workplace and retirement savings are a vital life-long asset

RBS to cut 1,400 head office jobs as it plans private sector return

Royal Bank of Scotland is to cut a further 1,400 jobs over the next two years. Most of the job losses are expected to be at RBS's offices in Edinburgh as the 81 per cent taxpayer-owned bank said that it would not be cutting frontline staff in branches.

Camelot lifts lottery sales to nearly £7bn

The National Lottery operator, Camelot, has enjoyed a bumper year, despite the poor state of the economy. It has increased total National Lottery sales in the year to 31 March to an all-time high of £6.97bn, an increase of 6.9 per cent on the previous year.

Banks get reprieve on current accounts

Britain's high street banks have been let off the hook by the Office of Fair Trading, which has decided not to refer them to the Competition Commission over the current account market.

Cashing in on London is Britain's new property trend

Julian Knight reports on downpricing, where the capital's homeowners sell up to gain space or a better lifestyle
Warnings about interest-only mortgages should not force first time buyers or potential landlords out of the market

Julian Knight: Why home-buyers still need to have interest-only loans

Despite all those negative headlines, they still make sense for buy-to-lets and young hopefuls

To fully relax in retirement, pensioners may need the help of an adviser

Julian Knight: When it comes to annuities, an adviser can be invaluable

Many finances can be DIY, but retirement income needs an expert eye

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
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Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there