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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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

Relaxed pensions rules: Guide to what they mean to you

Video: Simon Read finds out what we need to know about the new world of retirement saving

Simon Read: They do what they want. It's time to bring banks to heel

I wrote earlier this week of my anger at the banks and building societies that rip us off by quietly reducing the interest rates on deposit accounts.

Money Alert: Twice as many young women fall into debt woes

Young women aged between 18 and 24 are almost twice as likely as men to fall into debt despair, according to Insolvency Service figures published this week.

Moment of truth for payday lenders: Watchdog plans to curb cost of short-term loans

The chief of the City watchdog, Martin Wheatley, spoke exclusively to The Independent's Simon Read about its attempts to control the worst excesses of unscrupulous high-cost credit companies
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Alexander Fury: The designer names to look for at fashion week this season

The big names to look for this fashion week

This week, designers begin to show their spring 2015 collections in New York
Will Self: 'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

Will Self takes aim at Orwell's rules for writing plain English
Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Toy guns proving a popular diversion in a country flooded with the real thing
Al Pacino wows Venice

Al Pacino wows Venice

Ham among the brilliance as actor premieres two films at festival
Neil Lawson Baker interview: ‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.

Neil Lawson Baker interview

‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.
The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
The model of a gadget launch: Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed

The model for a gadget launch

Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed
Alice Roberts: She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
Get well soon, Joan Rivers - an inspiration, whether she likes it or not

Get well soon, Joan Rivers

She is awful. But she's also wonderful, not in spite of but because of the fact she's forever saying appalling things, argues Ellen E Jones
Doctor Who Into the Dalek review: A classic sci-fi adventure with all the spectacle of a blockbuster

A fresh take on an old foe

Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering
Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

As the collections start, fashion editor Alexander Fury finds video and the internet are proving more attractive
Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy

Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall...

... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy
Weekend at the Asylum: Europe's biggest steampunk convention heads to Lincoln

Europe's biggest steampunk convention

Jake Wallis Simons discovers how Victorian ray guns and the martial art of biscuit dunking are precisely what the 21st century needs
Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Lying is dangerous and unnecessary. A new book explains the strategies needed to avoid it. John Rentoul on the art of 'uncommunication'
Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough? Was the beloved thespian the last of the cross-generation stars?

Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough?

The atomisation of culture means that few of those we regard as stars are universally loved any more, says DJ Taylor