Simon Read

Simon Read is Personal Finance Editor at The Independent. He edits the Saturday Your Money section as well as writing for the news and business pages of the Independent and i newspaper.

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Four million signed up for company pension scheme following government’s auto-enrolment

More than four million people have now signed up for their company’s pension scheme because of the government’s auto-enrolment policy, new figures have revealed.

Cheap credit websites slammed by Financial Ombudsman

Websites that take hundreds of pounds from unwitting consumers on the promise of finding cheap credit, only for the loans never to materialise, have been slammed by the Financial Ombudsman.

Dismal European data sparks fresh concerns

Investors face worrying times as Germany and France both post poor economic figures

More than one in four adults forced to borrow money from family members

More than one in four adults has been forced to borrow money from family members. And it’s not just a matter of a few quid: new research published today suggests the average amount lent to parents, siblings and children is £2,123.

Money alert: Overdrafts at HSBC and First Direct

From November HSBC and first direct customers who drift into the red without permission will face different charges.

Bargain Hunter: Find a football deal that suits you - without paying the penalty

The start of the 2014-15 Premier League season has prompted a range of new TV deals this week.

'Dismal' eurozone data sparks concerns

European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi is under pressure to launch promised stimulus before the EU slides further

Five Questions On: Mortgage-style student loans

Hang on, wasn't there a scandal about this when the government sold off the loans to a debt collection company?

Simon Read: Can't save or won't save? We just can't afford to put it off

I know many of us can't afford to save, but there are apparently millions who could but don't. Why?

Simon Read: From food banks to financial help

Food banks are surprisingly controversial things, mainly because in recent times they've become politicised. Critics say it is the Coalition's benefit cuts that have caused them to grow in number so rapidly. But for the people who use them, that's irrelevant. They are godsends that help them through hard times.

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