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

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

There's comfort in numbers

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Melissa Browne Getting to grips with what we owe and earn can take much of the stress out of our lives.

What's the go with debt managers?

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George Cochrane 'Debt solutions' all sound too good to be true. Are there other cheaper, safer options?

Wanted: A financial planner who suits

Let down: a new report shows the extent to which consumers were poorly advised by the Commonwealth Bank's planning arm.

John Collett Study your own finances and the advice industry before turning to an ‘expert’.

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...


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...


Considering home as a wedding gift

Noel Whittaker We'd like to sell our unit to our daughter and her husband for $250,000 as a wedding present. Can we do this?


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?


Approaching 50? Don't panic, get planning


David Potts Been living it up rather than saving for old age? At 50, it’s high time to get serious about your retirement money.

Granny flats on the rise in hot property market

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Sylvia Pennington For families happy to live at close quarters, investing in a home with a self-contained granny flat can make sound financial and emotional sense for everybody.


Brushing up on your financial skills

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Sylvia Pennington Understanding your financial situation, and improving it, requires some education and effort.


Financial bullying can hurt couples

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Claudia Buck There are bullies on the playground, in the classroom and at the office. Or perhaps right beside you at home.


Economic trends to watch in 2014

Daniel Altman Oodles of oil, the price of rice and Japan rising ... trends to shape our financial future.


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.


Make school costs feasy peasy

John Collett It's that time of year again, when the children return to school and - for fee-paying students - their parents learn how much they'll be expected to cough up for the privilege.


What do you really own in the digital world?

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Kate Jones Ever wondered what happens to your iTunes songs or Kindle books when you die? Don't assume these digital assets can be passed on to your children.


Strong economy, weak market

David Potts There's a whole year hanging on how the market finishes this month, but it's dragging the chain.


Future proof your finances

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Penny Pryor How you manage your debt now has big implications for your family.


When kids make money

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Sylvia Pennington Talented kids can make a fair bit of money. But who is responsible for making their earnings grow?