Education

PLANNING

Getting a super education for SMSF trustees

SMSF and help.

Alexandra Cain From July 1 SMSF trustees who break super laws will face mandatory education. So exactly what do you need to know to run a super fund?

Education fund put to the test

Sophie Robertson

By John Collett One couple's attempt to ensure they had the cash for their children's schooling went awry.

TRAVELLING LIGHT

Top holidays needn’t be costly ones

John Albrecht, proprietor and managing director of Leonard Joel in Melbourne and Sydney, prepares an annual list of the most surprising results that have passed through his premises over the past 12 months.

Nina Hendy There's lots of ways to score a cheap, or free, break. All you need do is put a bit of work in before you depart.

TRAVELLING LIGHT

Top holidays needn't be costly ones

Nina Hendy There's lots of ways to score a cheap, or free, break. All you need do is put a bit of work in before you depart.

DO IT YOURSELF

Create your own new job

Potential: There's a job in there waiting to blossom.

Barbara Drury In a world where traditional jobs are disappearing more Australians are turning to freelancing and self-employment out of necessity.

GOOD ADVICE

Need a reliable financial adviser? Do your homework and look online

John Collett There are reliable financial financial advisers out there. You just need to know where to look, writes John Collett.

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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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.

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.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

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

Money

Scott Phillips You've worked hard to earn it, so don't let your money put its feet up - give it a job to do.

YOUR QUESTIONS

Plan ahead, but not too far ahead

Plan ahead: But not too far ahead.

George Cochrane We have two kids, a home, plus rental properties in the CBD and the suburbs. We have plenty of ideas for the future, but which one is best?

GETTING STARTED

Cheap oil will be good for growth - eventually

Patience: lower oil prices will eventually rub off on the economy.

David Potts Whatever is the opposite of an oil shock has to be good, though it's probably best not to draw hasty conclusions.

YOUR QUESTIONS

Careful planning needed to have a good lifestyle in retirement

Golden years: Those planning to retire hope their income will allow them a lifestyle of leisure.

George Cochrane The goal is a retirement unit, but the money keeps going elsewhere. What's the best plan?

INSIGHT

FSC's move on training raises eyebrows

Financial Services Council chief executive John Brogden.

Gareth Hutchens FSC's call for more regulation is at odds with its previous stance.

My place

Elisabeth Neales In 1964, my husband and I made a momentous decision; we spent our entire savings of £2500 on a half-completed, unlined fibro shack on three blocks of land in what was then a remote area near the...

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...

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.

GOOD ADVICE

How to find a good financial adviser

Be prepared: Good financial advise can ensure a  comfortable retirement.

John Collett Seek and thou shalt find, though you do need to be extra diligent given the flawed history of the sector.

EARLY RETIREMENT

Wish you were here?

Emily Chantiri article on early retirement IMAGE SUPPLIED of Steve Winter for THE AGE MONEY 3rd September 2014

Emily Chantiri Could you retire in your 50s? You'll have to be disciplined.

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.