Women who leave with nothing

Sylvia Pennington Getting away from abusive situations is hard, getting back on your feet financially can be harder still.


Shop around for a good insurance deal

Clancy Yeates This year's devastating start to the bushfire season has underlined the value of insuring the biggest asset many people own: their home.

Credit insurance risks uncovered

The skyline

Lesley Parker Consumer credit insurance - marketed alongside credit cards and personal loans as a way to protect your ability to meet repayments - remains on the Australian Securities and Investments Commission's...


Duopoly drives rising insurance costs

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Clancy Yeates 'Bill shock'' normally refers to the unpleasant experience of receiving an enormous phone or electricity bill. But it could just as easily apply to insurance.


Large funds have life insurance covered

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John Collett Most of us don't have enough life insurance, so it's good that large superannuation funds provide ''default'' death and total and permanent disablement insurance to their members, who otherwise may...


We all have a little life insurance, but most of us need more


Penny Pryer Insurance companies have been raving about Australia's "chronic" underinsurance problem for decades.

Insurance commissions encourage churning

The chairwoman of Choice, Jenni Mack, says when you buy life insurance, a commission of about 130 per cent of your first year's premium, then 10 per cent to 30 per cent each year after that, is paid...

Pet insurance for a priceless companion

Trudy Collinson's dog, Bonnie

Trudy Collinson thought her dogs would be a good way to get her out of the house and to nearby Melbourne parks for exercise and to meet people while her children were at school.

Travel insurance cap may not fit

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Lesley Parker The more you take on holiday, the more you stand to lose if you're not adequately covered.

Premium plans

Insuring your earning capacity

Mark Bouris dinkus.

Mark Bouris There are many ways to build wealth, but what about protecting it?


Fraudsters target seniors with a variety of scams

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David Wilson How to detect and counter the sophisticated scams that can rob you of your savings.


Grab what you can from the government

Mark Bouris dinkus.

Mark Bouris Most of the plans being made for this financial year are about boosting income and reducing costs.


Tricky tax deduction claim is best left to the accountant

Noel Whittaker How do I deduct the interest on my mortgage when filling in my tax return for the redrawn amounts used to invest in shares?


Brushing up on your financial skills

MONEY - Hal Palmer at his house in Chelmer, Qld.

Sylvia Pennington Understanding your financial situation, and improving it, requires some education and effort.


Under or over the threshold?

Noel Whittaker Should I work overtime before June 30, or stay under the $48,516 threshold?

Budget will be the biggest growth threat

David Potts dinkus.

David Potts Tuesday's budget might be bad, but you might be surprised to hear the economy looks the opposite.


Combined pension changes to bite

John Collett The age pension is going to play less of a role in many people's retirement years.


Considering home as a wedding gift

Noel Whittaker We'd like to sell our unit to our daughter and her husband for $250,000 as a wedding present. Can we do this?


Five questions to ask a financial planner

Mark Bouris dinkus.

Mark Bouris People know they should see a financial adviser but often don’t know where to start.


A volunteer's tax conundrum

Your Questions dinkus

George Cochrane Am I entitled to claim deductible personal super contributions?