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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General election 2015: David Cameron's promise brings uncertainty to investors

Video: Simon Read talks to Fidelity's Tom Stevenson

Government's Pension Wise guidance service is up and running

People can now book an appointment to receive some face-to-face advice

Five questions on: Switching current accounts

It's too difficult to switch bank accounts. How can I find out which is the right current account for me?

Simon Read: 'Put the phone straight down on the pension fraudsters'

Scammers ring out of the blue, so don't listen to cold-callers, FCA advises

Simon Read: 'Loophole closes on pension freedom and welfare payments'

One reader pointed out that he could cash in his small annuity and have the income replaced through pension credits. The DWP is set to close the loophole

Red day: the singer Rita Ora at a Coca-Cola promotion

Bargain Hunter: BT improves its mobile reception with 'incredibly competitive' deals

BT returned to the mobile phone market this week with deals from as little as a fiver a month. The telecoms giant is offering SIM-only bundles of 4G data, call minutes and texts from £5 a month for its existing BT Broadband home users. The deal will be a tenner for non-customers.

Less baggage: if your job pays under £15,600 a year, your savings could benefit from a tax change

Simon Read: 'It went below the radar but you could be eligible for a tax break on your savings'

Anyone earning less than £15,600 qualifies but you need to register with your bank or building society first

Citizens Advice has called for letting agents’ fees to be banned to protect tenants in the private rental sector.

Weekly Money

Round-up of the personal finance stories you may have missed 23 to 27 March

The FCA has outlined plans to introduce additional protection for those accessing their defined contribution pension pot – a so-called second-line of defence for consumers (Getty)

New pension freedoms bring new pension dangers

Video: Simon Read talks to Alan Higham of Fidelity Worldwide Investment

Savings they have could be crucial in making a difference between a decent life, or struggling in penury in your 70s and beyond

Pension freedom is upon us, but we mustn't take it lightly

If we want to enjoy the golden years rather than spend them running for the shadows, then we’ll need plenty of cash

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Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
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The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
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Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
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Spells like teen spirit

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Licence to offend in the land of the free

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Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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