Education funds ease schooling headache

John Collett Putting your child through school is an expensive business. Starting saving now is one option.


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?


Stretched? Try calling Asia home

Colleen Ryan and Stephen Wyatt As the cost of living rises in Australia, many would-be retirees are planning for a cheaper life overseas.


Trust me - this is how the rich get richer

Make the money go round with a family trust.

Olivia Maragna By minimising your tax, you can create wealth quicker in a family trust.

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.


I don't want to talk about it

Melissa Browne Money columinst

Melissa Browne Nobody used to speak about sex. Now it seems as if they can’t stop. If only we had the same openness when we discuss our personal finances.


Couples falling out of love with shared accounts

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David Potts The leap from wearing a ring to sharing a PIN is too far for a growing number of couples.

Suddenly single? You'll cope

Take the helm: Kaia Hunter has been steering her own ship since her marriage floundered in 2007.

Sylvia Pennington How do you make the big financial decisions when death, divorce or relationship breakdown means that you’re flying solo?


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.


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.


What you can do now to help get back to the beach sooner

There are ways to bring that permanent summer holiday of early retirement a little bit closer.

Melissa Browne Have the long hot days of summer given you a taste for relaxation? Fancy giving up work? Well you can't - not yet anyway.


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.


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.


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.


Wish you were here?

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


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.


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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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?


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.


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.