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Money

Planning

GOOD ADVICE

Independent investors to pay a FOFA price

Richard Livingston 2:11pm If you’re seeking genuine advice on your terms you will pay the price for the failure of the Coalition's FOFA changes..

BOOM OR BUST?

Hard times loom for too many boomers

Retire in peace: for many baby boomers retirement may not be as comfortable as they would like.

JOHN COLLETT They’ve passed 50 and are staring at retirement, many with too little set aside to make their post-work dreams come true.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Six ways to make your money work as hard as you do

Easy money: There's no better way to get your money working hard than by simply paying less in mortgage interest.

Scott Phillips Don't let your money put its feet up - give it a job to do

INSIGHT

Belts tighten as pay rises grind to a halt

Generic worker

CLANCY YEATES Slow wage growth and a rising unemployment rate show how soft things are in the labour market.

TIP OF THE WEEK

Don't leave your estate in a state

Don't be caught without a will.

Michael Hutton Getting your life in order before it's too late has its benefits.

RATES

You'd think lifting inflation would be child's play

David Potts dinkus.

David Potts Almost everywhere central banks are worried that inflation is too low, though it's hard to imagine we'll ever have that problem.

BOURIS ON MONEY

China deal sets course for growth

Mark Bouris dinkus.

Mark Bouris Free trade agreement should see Australia benefit from China's economic transformation for years to come.

SUMMIT ELSE

Few expectations for global gabfest

A visitor walks through the media centre ahead of the G20 Summit in Brisbane on November 13, 2014. Brisbane will host the G20 Leadership Summit on November 15-16. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS

David Potts The best we can hope for from G20 is that it can stimulate a much-needed rise in global growth and confidence.

INSURANCE

Check cover before e-leasing

Aftermath: If your home was trashed by a house-swap guest, your insurer may refuse to pay out.

JOHN COLLETT Property swaps and short-term letting can be a minefield for home owners if things go wrong.

TIP OF THE WEEK

Splitting up? Act now to avoid surprises later on

Booted: Knowing exactly how much you can spend will help keep you on the right track.

Alex Berlee Divorce is an emotional time but also one when important financial decisions have to be made.

TRAVEL MONEY

Rush to swap Aussie dollars

exchange rates

JOHN COLLETT The falling dollar has triggered a stampede of foreign currency buying before the holiday season.

BOURIS ON MONEY

Sometimes the personal touch is best

Savvy: Using the internet is child's play, but some financial decisions are best taken with expert advice.

Mark Bouris For most people there's still a divide between the ease of technology and the need for advice.

NUMBERS YOU NEED

Numbers you need

JOHN COLLETT Essential numbers from the world of finance.

YOUR QUESTIONS

Sharing with sister is too taxing

Sister act: Can I just transfer my half of the house to my sister? I'd rather give her $450 a year than the state revenue office!

George Cochrane We own equal shares in a house. What happens if I give her my half?

PLANNING

Imagine there's no councils. It's easy if you try

Out with the old: We need to rethink how councils can be run.

GARETH HUTCHENS A United States model could radically change local government as we know it.

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INSIGHT

Europe's economies in the doldrums

Ominous signs: Uncertainty in Europe isn't good for the Australian dollar.

GARETH HUTCHENS Europe's economies are stumbling and there's the chance of a knock-on effect that could hit here.

SUPER & FUNDS

Register may find all financial planners are equally beautiful

Equally beautiful: The online registers of financial planners are something of a beauty contest, with only positive things said about those on them.

JOHN COLLETT Registers of advisers are just marketing tools and do little to protect consumers.

YOUR QUESTIONS

How much can we give away?

Gifting: What happens to your pension entitlement if you lend money, or give it away to relatives?

George Cochrane What would Centrelink's reaction be if we gave or loaned money to relatives. How much would it affect our pension?

PLEASE YOURSELF

Clearing financial hurdles of the single life

Party of one: Gretchen Alt-Cooper is a self employed accountant/company director and has been a single parent for many years.

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.

TIP OF THE WEEK

Turn your money into a family business

Making cents: Managing your personal finances well can help you achieve many goals.

Catherine Robson Cash flow is key to a good business but in our private lives many of us have little idea about where our money goes.

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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