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: Pension freedoms could become the biggest financial challenge of 2015

Doubts surround next year’s pension freedoms. Will the rules change? Will there be a spike in withdrawals? Do we need to prepare now?

India has had a strong year and could be the third largest economy in the world by 2030

Simon Read: Hotspots for 2015 - where to invest

Fund managers have been predicting where the smart money will be going in the coming year

Currency rates on display at an exchange office in Moscow

Where to look for returns in 2015: What will happen to stock markets?

The coming year is expected to provide opportunities for patient investors

Your money: Let’s hope for a fairer, more honest 2015

Poor service from banks and energy companies has sadly been a theme this year

Simon Read: Trust no one if asked to fill in an online questionnaire

Is it just me or have the online crooks been getting busier recently? I received a message this week that just said: "I decided to WILL the sum of $14,258,000.00 USD to you". Not all scams are so obvious.

Simon Read: Pensions should be equal wherever people live

Last week I reported that the basic state pension is set to climb by 2.5 per cent in April. But the article prompted a reader to take me to task, and rightly so. Clive Walford, who lives in Indonesia, wrote to point that not all pensioners will benefit from the increase.

Citizens Advice criticises BT, Sky and Talk Talk for not making real costs of broadband clear

Charity said free or cut-price broadband deals for a set time are misleading

Simon Read: The point of having protection insurance? The right cover can help reduce your financial concerns at a time of extreme worry

In May Nicola Groves got a massive shock. The 45-year-old mother of two was told, bluntly, that she had breast cancer. "When I heard the words, 'You do have breast cancer and you are going to lose your breast', I felt as if time stood still," she says.

Bargain Hunter: Your signpost to late discounts as panic grips Britain's high streets

Today has been dubbed Panic Saturday as 13 million people are expected to continue to search for bargains. A report from the Centre for Retail Research anticipates that in-store spending will hit £1.2bn – or £2.1m for every minute the shops are open – as crowds battle for last-minute gifts and groceries.

Five questions on: Pensioner bonds

These are the new high-interest savings schemes, aren't they?

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