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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When should financial education begin for kids?

Video: Maike Currie of Fidelity Personal Investing thinks children should be taught about finance from the age of seven

The Co-op's new policy means a typical five-year warranty will cost just £80, rather than hundreds of pounds

Co-op challenges rivals by offering no-profit warranties

Rip-off extended warranties could soon be a thing of the past, as online retailer Co-operative Electrical has today cut the price of the cover and promised to sell policies at cost.

The BBA warns that eight million people are vulnerable to “vishing” or voice phishing - when crooks claim to be calling from a bank - while four million might transfer money into another supposed “safe” account if instructed

Crooks posing as banks set to trick millions out of their savings

Millions are at risk from fraudsters posing as banks, worrying new research shows. The British Bankers’ Association tested what the response would be to typical fraudster activities. The results are alarming, with many of us looking like easy victims.

Borrowers warned about Barclaycard free wine gimmick

Credit card borrowers have been warned to beware of gimmicks after Barclaycard launched a free wine offer.

Payday loan rules still too weak, say charities

Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) proposals that the £2.8bn payday loan industry should be forced to sign up to an officially recognised price comparison site were criticised yesterday for not going far enough.

Only one in five people believe their home qualifies for free insulation, according to new research

Millions miss out on free home improvements, British Gas survey reveals

The research discovered that more than half of people wrongly assume that free insulation is only available to low income households

Wonga is Britain’s most-profitable payday lender

Payday lenders face further price comparison reforms

Accredited price comparison sites would help consumers to shop around for better deal

Government must investigate debt solutions, says charity

The government should investigate the solutions offered to people struggling with unmanageable debt.

Wonga television ad banned over lack of interest rate information

Wonga was recently forced to write off £220 million of debt across 330,000 customers

Simon Read gives hints and tips on what to do with your money this week

Money Round-up Video: Cutting energy bills; Wonga debt write-off; rate rise worries

What to do with your money this week

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