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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Simon Read: Big banks have ways to make you pay through the nose

In a week when payday lenders have been put in the spotlight by regulators, it seems quite fitting for current accounts to come under scrutiny as well.

Five Questions On: ISA interest rates

They must be going up now that the new Isas have been launched?

Simon Read: Signs at last of payday clean-up

Britain's most profitable payday lender, Wonga, announced a new chairman this week. He's a former insurance chief who says he hopes to revive the firm's reputation.

Current accounts are too costly and confusing, says CMA as it announces investigation into Britain's biggest banks

Competition regulator to investigate market where it's hard for customers to make comparisons and the big banks' charges can be set too high

Bargain Hunter: Get off the road to car-hire excess by buying cut-price annual cover

You can avoid getting stung with expensive excess insurance on holiday this year by buying an annual policy. And if you buy now, you can get it at a reduced rate.

Even before the crash, Malaysia Airlines was a business in crisis

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash: Even before latest tragedy, the airline company was a business in crisis

The share price is expected to slump even further when the Malaysian stock market opens tonight

Liv Garfield was awarded £2.4m in shares on joining Severn Trent

Bloody day for boards as shareholders revolt

Severn Trent, BT and Experian faced anger at their AGMs

The FCA said the websites did not always ensure that consumers were given the information they need to help them make informed decisions

Comparison sites slammed by City Watchdog for failing consumers

The watchdog looked at 14 price comparison websites between December 2013 and April 2014 and found several areas of concern

Martin Wheatley, chief executive of the FCA said the cap was not designed to put payday lenders out of business but to ensure that those who used them could afford to repay their debts.

Payday loans cap of 0.8% per day announced by City watchdog

The aim is to curb the outrageous spiralling debt of vulnerable borrowers

Does Wonga really deserve another chance?

Owners must have been aghast at the storm of protest over news that Wonga had been sending vulnerable borrowers threatening letters from bogus lawyers

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