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HEALTH YOUR WEALTH

Your health is your wealth

Health

Alexandra Cain Which private health funds give the best rebates?

ASK NOEL

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

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

YOUR QUESTIONS

A volunteer's tax conundrum

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

YOUR QUESTIONS

Prepare to retire debt-free

Retire debt-free.

George Cochrane I'm making a steady income with plenty in my super; What is the best strategy to retire?

PLANNING

Familiar pattern to the year ahead

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David Potts It's early days yet, but 2014 is starting to look a whole lot like 2013.

ASK NOEL

Home truths about living longer

Noel Whittaker We're in our late 70s and hope to last at least another 10 years but fear the only way to avoid outliving our savings is to sell our home.

SUPER POWER

Magnify those savings

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John Collett Worried your super savings won’t last the distance? Here are some great tips for making your nest egg shine.

YOUR QUESTIONS

Pension capitalisation taxable for under 60s

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George Cochrane My wife and I have our own SMSF. Can she 'commute' the pension and take capital out?

Financially protect your greatest asset - you

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Mark Bouris One of the most unpopular topics in personal finance is known as 'life products'.

YOUR QUESTIONS

Wise choices for a disabled child's future

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George Cochrane You should always investigate the use of a disability trust in which to leave assets.

PLANNING

Lessons learnt from the GFC

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Alexandra Cain Five years after everything went pear-shaped, battered portfolios can be spruced up.

ASK NOEL

London calling but is it a bridge too far?

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Noel Whittaker We want to sell our share portfolio, borrow $100,000 and buy a property in London for our children.

Pulse check on private health costs

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Lesley Parker Leading health fund Medibank has called for ''lighter touch'' regulation of premiums, arguing that allowing insurers to compete more freely on price would help rein in future increases.

Wealthy solutions

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David Potts Life has a lot of trial and error to it so it's good to know that building wealth comes with instructions.

Grey nomads feeling sunny

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Christine Long Asked to describe his idea of an enjoyable retirement, Robert Grover hardly hesitates. The 63 year old pictures a comfortable home, spending time with his three sons, taking his wife Margaret to...

PLANNING

Find the right retirement vehicle

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John Collett With people living longer, it's crucial to map out financial goals.

YOUR QUESTIONS

Winter years need not be so taxing

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George Cochrane Is it true that after a certain age, you do not have to submit a tax return? George Cochrane answers your questions.

Where can we put it?

Mid Life Crisis?

It is a question that has probably crossed the minds of many people in their mid-life years who have some spare cash.