CARD TRICKS

Partners kept in dark over cards

John Collett   Many of us are unaware of our other halves’ secret credit cards.

Don’t heed gossip – no change likely

Noel Whittaker   Tony Abbott has promised there will be no material changes to superannuation during his term of office, and I believe that.

Lessons of the millionaire janitor

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Features

NICE NECKWEAR

Knot to be sniffed at

Stephen Crafti   Collecting vintage neckwear isn't just about colour and movement – there's money in it too.

Who's in the winners' circle?

John Collett   Super funds are heading toward a third year of big gains. But who are the real winners over the long-term?

DO IT YOURSELF

Your own boss? Get wise

Christine Long   If you are self-employed, chances are you will have relatively little super savings or none at all. What can be done?

PLANNING

Risk is wise - but don't stick all eggs in the bank basket

David Potts   The old rule of thumb that you need $1 million at 65 for a comfortable retirement no longer holds.

YOUR QUESTIONS

Open to ideas for growing savings

George Cochrane   My mother's 93 and will – at some point – leave me a significant sum. What's the best way to make it work for me?

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Leave the nest egg and live on less

Marcus Padley   As sure as nest eggs are nest eggs, we are not in a new paradigm, we are simply in a period of low-interest rates - and it will change.

BOURIS ON MONEY

Parents want to help – here's how they can

Mark Bouris   Research shows they're keen to help their children get a foot on the property ladder, but they don't want to put the family home on the line.

ASSET CHECK

Super sharing is a couple's best bet

Daryl Dixon   Talk of changes to super highlights the need for couples to share their assets as equally as possible.

GETTING STARTED

A tax break that beats all comers

Super has it all over negative gearing.

Columns

TIME FOR A CHANGE

Let's fix the system with a flat tax on funds

Richard Livingston   Showing leadership on super is not going to make the opinion polls sing or produce a budget surplus, so we can probably forget about radical overhauls any time soon.

TIP OF THE WEEK

Younger generation lead the charge into SMSFs

Olivia Maragna   Most people setting up their own self-managed super fund are under 44.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Using shares to top up your pension pot

Scott Phillips   If you can stomach some volatility, shares could be just the tonic your super needs.

UNDER THE RADAR

How a small cap miner doubled despite a weak copper price

Richard Hemming   Highlands Pacific's stock had doubled in the past month and is now up 50 per cent since the start of March.

Q & A: Ask an Expert

Time to invest?

Noel Whittaker   What's the best plan for this low interest rate environment?

Labor's super policy

Noel Whittaker   How would plans to tax withdrawals work?

Contribution limits

Noel Whittaker   What are the rules about concessional contributions to super?

Super decision

Noel Whittaker   What are the best strategies for my super?