NUMBERS YOU NEED
John Collett Essential numbers from the world of finance.
John Collett When it comes to life insurance, buying directly from the insurer is usually the most expensive route.
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.
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...
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.
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...
Penny Pryer Insurance companies have been raving about Australia's "chronic" underinsurance problem for decades.
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...
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.
Lesley Parker The more you take on holiday, the more you stand to lose if you're not adequately covered.
George Cochrane We own equal shares in a house. What happens if I give her my half?
Barbara Drury Singletons are on the rise. But there's a financial downside to independence. Follow these tips to avoid the poverty trap later in life.
George Cochrane The goal is a retirement unit, but the money keeps going elsewhere. What's the best plan?
TIP OF THE WEEK
Olivia Maragna Once you've found a new job, it is an ideal opportunity to review your entire financial plan.
John Collett Short change
Barbara Drury If your finances are a blur and you experience constant pain in your hip pocket, then it's not a health check you need but a wealth check.
TAKE A BREAK
Michelle Hutchison Australians wasted more than 58 million annual leave days last year- that's about a week each.
PLANNING FOR CHANGE
Christine Long If you know some important changes are just around the corner, it pays to get your finances in order first.
David Potts Term deposits shunned, credit cards rated safest and the rising cost of a dog.
Sylvia Pennington Getting away from abusive situations is hard, getting back on your feet financially can be harder still.