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Money

Planning

BORROWING

Plan ahead when buying first home

Mark Bouris 12:15am When interest rates are low, house prices usually rise and first-home buyers can feel shut out of the market. But all is not lost when sticking to a few simple tips: 

WORKING

Stopping the boss from following you home

Home Office: Getting the work-life balance right is important.

Tom Chivers The Germans have proposed an ''anti-stress'' law that would ban work emails after hours.

PLANNING AHEAD

Indentifying spending and saving habits that encourage financial health

Easy as: All you have to do is add up the numbers.

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.

TRANSFERS

Why do electronic transfers take so long?

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David Wilson On paper, it seems ridiculous. You send some money via electronic banking and the transaction apparently goes into limbo.

PLANNING FOR CHANGE

Start planning for those life-changing moments

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Christine Long If you know some important changes are just around the corner, it pays to get your finances in order first.

WILLS

Wills: Five things you should do now

Kate Jones Simple steps you can take to get your affairs in order.

PLANNING

Why you need to make a will

No rush: Hadley Allchurch, right, says making a will for wife Sarah and daughter Hayley would make him feel very old.

Kate Jones It's the morbid conversation no one wants to have, the plan no one wants to make.

TAKE A BREAK

Millions of days off up for grabs

Holiday

Michelle Hutchison Australians wasted more than 58 million annual leave days last year- that's about a week each.

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My place

My Place

Elisabeth Neales Bush retreat keeps on giving from generation to generation.

FINANCIAL LITERACY

ASIC plan aims to make us smarter with our money

Australian teens have done well in an OECD measure of financial literacy.

JOHN COLLETT Our future might be in safe hands, with Australian teenagers rating very well in a global survey of financial literacy, but the rest of us might be thankful for a new national plan aimed at helping us manage our money better.

FINANCIAL RECOVERY

Women who leave with nothing

Moving out and up: It is difficult escaping abuse and it carries financial implications.

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

SUPER & FUNDS

Devil will be in planner register's detail

Trust issues: A register could  help you know you are getting financial advice from a credible source.

JOHN COLLETT The interests of consumers will be best served by having as much relevant information as possible included on the register.

YOUR QUESTIONS

How can my parents prepare for care?

Get it sorted: Make sure you sort out aged care arrangements while you are still healthy.

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

FAR FLUNG

The economics of commuting versus city living

Productive time: Tony Simpson has been catching a train to central Sydney for five years.

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

ASK NOEL

My father's pension has been cut in half - what can I do?

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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?

INSIGHT

After mining boom, who'll grab the baton?

New horizon: The winding down of the mining boom will mean a softer economy if other areas don't pick up the slack.

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

Premium plans

Insuring your earning capacity

Mark Bouris dinkus.

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

Bank Charges

Reforms no cap to ATM fees

Watch the cost: Using another bank's ATM could cost you.

JOHN COLLETT When you take cash out from the hole in the wall, a little is still falling back into machine operators’ pockets.

ATM fees total half-a-billion dollars annually

JOHN COLLETT More than half-a-billion dollars is paid annually in ATM fees, five years after Reserve Bank reforms designed to reduce the fee amount paid.

FOFA reforms

What should financial advice cost?

David Potts dinkus.

David Potts The government has looked into the financial advice industry, but to what effect?

Smart investor

How experts take profits

Contrarian investor Simon Marais explains why he sold half his stake in a company that doubled in value.

Where to find cash cows

The hunt for industrial stocks which will become reliable wealth generators never ends at Perpetual.

Blue Ribbon 2014 winners

The best financial products in Australia presented in one easy-to-navigate list.

Each week financial advisor and international best selling author, Noel Whittaker, answers your questions. Ask an Expert

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