Emma Simon

Inheritances are under threat: don’t rely on a windfall to pay your debts

29 March 2017 10:25

Are you banking on an inheritance to help pay off the mortgage, clear your credit card bills or prop up…

What can we expect to see in Philip Hammond’s first – and last – Spring Budget?

7 March 2017 12:59

After this week, the centrepiece of the financial year is being shunted to the Autumn. Good news, no doubt, for…

Billions are wasted each year on unwanted xmas presents, but you can do something useful with that ugly jumper

29 December 2016 10:00

Unwanted Christmas gifts have always been part and — excuse the pun — parcel of the festive season, whether it’s…

Secret squirrel savings: why keeping financial secrets is a good idea

30 November 2016 11:57

The Prudential seems shocked to find that many couples aren’t entirely honest with each other when it comes to their…

A crackdown on pension scams is welcome but we need action not words

25 November 2016 11:28

There was one nugget in Philip Hammond’s first – and last – Autumn Statement that was met with almost universal…

Could the technology behind Pokémon Go! help encourage more of us to save for our retirement?

20 September 2016 12:07

It might seem far-fetched, but in recent years a couple of financial companies have started hiring from the gaming industry…

The Archers. Credit: BBC

The Archers, financial abuse and THAT storyline

7 September 2016 12:23

Millions of us will be tuning in to The Archers this week to see if Helen is found guilty of…

Calling the bank is a soul-sapping experience – but it needn’t be that way

6 July 2016 10:30

It’s a riddle of the modern age: when is your bank not experiencing ‘unusually high call volumes’? You can puzzle…

Consumers are worse off thanks to price comparison sites

17 June 2016 10:13

Price comparison sites are being investigated by competition regulators. Good. It’s about time there was closer scrutiny of these meerkat-loving,…

New government pension freedoms will fail

23 May 2016 9:59

The pension revolution rolls on. Next year more than five million retired people will be able to enjoy the new…