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The key to pension saving is to start young

Young man vs old man in race

If you were offered the chance to turn £10 into £100, there’s a good chance you'd be interested.

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Don't let the Six Nations leave you with a sick feeling

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There's a cracking feast of Rugby Union coming up over the next two months as the 2010 Six Nation Championship starts up on Saturday 6 February.

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Coping with the worry of energy debt

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Soaring gas and electricity prices have forced thousands of people to fall into the misery of energy debt.

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Fans hoping for World Cup glory in 2010 need a wealth check

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Some 50,000 England football fans are expected to head to South Africa next summer to experience the side's latest attempt to win the World Cup. But with only around 5,000 official tickets available for England fans for matches, many will end up disappointed.

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What the marriage of Yorkshire and Chelsea means for you

Money savings

The Yorkshire building society announced on 2 December that it is merging with the Chelsea building society, in what some believe is a bail out.

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Getting the best accounts to beat the banks

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The Supreme Court's ruling last week (25 November) that the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) can't rule on the fairness of unauthorised overdraft fees, came as a major blow to millions hoping to claw back excessive charges.

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New mortgage lenders could shake up market


There will be a new breed of mortgage lenders entering the market in 2010. Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Virgin are all expected to be stepping up their activities while more foreign banks are expected to make moves into the UK

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Energy prices are too high

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The government should investigate why energy companies are not passing on price cuts to customers, Consumer Focus has demanded.

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Bank’s shock win at charges battle

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A shock ruling at the Supreme Court in London looks to have dashed the hopes of millions of people planning to claw back excessive bank charges.

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Christmas shopping abroad? Don’t let a bargain become a crisis

Christmas shopping

Shoppers excited by their overseas shopping trip and concentrating on making savings can forget to ensure they have the right insurance to cover the cost of gifts they're bringing home.

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Simon Read was previously personal finance editor at The Independent and money editor at The People. He has been a financial journalist for around 20 years, during which time he has worked on the money desks for The Guardian and The Daily Mirror among others.

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