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Money

BORROWING

Lenders' mortgage fees rise

JOHN COLLETT Home buyers are urged to shop around to ensure they're getting the best possible deal.

How can my parents prepare for care?

George Cochrane They are in good health, but obviously at their age, anything can happen.

John Collett: On fair dinkum comparison, rates are low

GETTING STARTED: Cheaper to rent than buy? Debate goes on

SUPER & FUNDS: Borrowing inside super could be banned

Money's weekly Morningstar tables

Features

FAR FLUNG

The economics of commuting

Sylvia Pennington With city house prices soaring many of us are looking further afield. But is the price too high?

OFFSHORE INVESTMENT

Want big returns? Go global

David Potts With a fall in the dollar expected, the US and Europe are the places to invest.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

Modernist furniture goes boom

James Cockington Mid-century collectables have been doing extremely well at auction over the past decade.

LOW RATES

Mix of fixed and variable rates the wisest course

David Potts If you're paying more than 5 per cent, whether fixed or variable, at a bank then you're being ripped off.

INVESTING

Low interest rates a boost to shares

Daryl Dixon As the US sharemarket hits its straps, local shares are not proving nearly so buoyant.

EXPERT ADVICE

Top tips for the shift to thrift

Alexandra Cain Want to save some money? Ask some people who know how - students, single parents and pensioners.

BORROWING

Offset accounts can save you thousands

Mark Bouris When they're used properly they can accelerate the paying-down of the mortgage.

REFUND RUSH

Get all your tax ducks in a row

Melissa Browne What are the recent rule changes to be wary of when filling in your tax return this year.

ASK NOEL

My father's pension has been cut in half

Noel Whittaker My father doesn't want to sell or rent his house. His pension was cut from $772 to $444. What can he do?

Columns

UNDER THE RADAR

Yowie's monster move on US market

Richard Hemming 12:15am The size of the North American market means CEO Wayne Loxton's plans for growth look promising.

HOT STOCK

Astro rides revival of Japanese property prices

Greg Smith Japanese property looks to be on the right track after more than two decades of decline, making Astro an attractive proposition.

TAX TIME

Mistake by ATO, or have goalposts moved?

MAX NEWNHAM ATO advice changes a long-held view on how account-based pensions can be paid to members of super funds.

INSIGHT

After mining boom, who'll grab the baton?

CLANCY YEATES Other industries such as construction and services could pick up the slack - but it's a big hole to fill.

Smart investor

We love dividends

Here lies the best income producing stocks, ETFs, hybrids and managed funds.

How to beat the debt levy

If you pay more tax than you have to then you have got rocks in your head.

What Charlie Aitken is buying

See inside the portfolio of a famous sharemarket tipster.

Ask an Expert

Restructuring affairs

How best to restructure affairs when changing residences

Changing superannuation funds

Is it a good idea to change superannuation funds?

Keep working or go on the pension?

I have scant assets – should I keep working, or take the pension?

Want to know how to manage your money?

Ask an Expert