Simon Read

Simon Read is Personal Finance Editor at The Independent. He edits the Saturday Your Money section and writes the Daily Money column and Wednesday’s Midweek Money section in i newspaper. He also writes for the news and business pages of the Independent and i newspaper and is a regular money commentator on TV station London Live. He has won numerous awards including Consumer Finance Journalist of the Year.

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Simon Read: 'First banks tease us, then they switch our savings to zombie accounts'

People simply want a safe home for our savings that pays a fair rate

Simon Read: 'Smart meters will stop energy firms owing us cash'

The planned £10.9bn installation of smart meters in all homes by 2020 should ensure that we only pay for the energy we use

Once bitten? Research shows that, in 19 out of 20 cases, desperate people are introduced to loan sharks by relatives or friends

How to avoid loan sharks: The alternatives for people who need credit fast

Simon Read meets a woman who became trapped in a cycle of debt
Mark Carney warns that the decision is likely to come into 'sharper relief' by 'the turn of the year'

An interest rate rise may be on the way - act now to secure a better mortgage deal

Competition has driven rates down but they could start drifting upwards

The elderly are being targeted by fraudsters with postal scams such as fake prize draws

Simon Read: 'The elderly and people moving home are vulnerable to scammers'

Crooks like to prey on older people they hope are more likely to fall for stings

You could win a trip to see Christ the Redeemer

Bargain Hunter: Win a trip to one of the Modern Wonders in a new 'seven-day' prize draw

The competition was launched this week by Direct Line

At present, savers are left to languish in accounts paying paltry rates when their market-leading promotional rate ends

Banks will be forced to tell savers how much interest they earn

The FCA will force providers to introduce seven-day switching of cash ISAs by 2017

(From left to right) Lee J. Cobb, George Voskovec, E.G. Marshall, Robert Webber, Jack Warden, Ed Begley, Jack Klugman, Joseph Sweeney, Henry Fonda, John Fiedler, Martin Balsam and Ed Binns in '12 Angry Men'

Weekly Money: The personal finance stories you might have missed 20 to 24 July

The money stories we noticed this week: including jury service woes

Banks and building societies must offer clearer savings deals and tell people when gimmicky teaser rates finish

City Watchdog also demands seven day switching for Cash Isas by 2017

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The Chancellor has asked the Office of Tax Simplification to have another look

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