Education Funding

How to put a financial windfall to good use

John Collett Receiving a financial windfall can leave most of us in a pickle on what to do with the money.

Money

15 things to do by 30 to create a better life after 60

Young adults can do things now that will improve their financial future

John Collett Your 20s are the time to set in place some basics that will help set you up for a brighter financial future.

Staying at home for longer leaves parents counting the costs

Scott Tangey and his mother Kim. Tangey is using a consultant to explore work options.

John Collett More young adults are living at home for longer, not able or willing to leave the nest.

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The asset most Australians forget they have

Mark Bouris Australians – when asked about their assets – inevitably talk about their house, their vehicles and their superannuation.

Invest in yourself in 2017

Annika Bradley Your ability to earn a salary is a valuable asset and one that should be nurtured over time.

Are you insured for disaster season?

Uninsured victims of the Brisbane flood, Sharon and Jonathan Cauldwell, lost almost $420,000 but are determined their nine-year-old son Jeremy will still go to private school.

Sylvia Pennington Brisbane hospitality executives Jonathan and Sharon Cauldwell were hit hard after their home was inundated in the 2011 floods.

A financial agreement can help couples protect their assets if their relationship ends

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 28: Simon Lyster, Galileo Lima 10yrs, Shahrazad Lima 13yrs and Jeanne-Vida Douglas with cat Ivy on September 28, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Kirk Gilmour/Fairfax Media)

John Collett Maintaining separate finances does not protect your assets if your relationship breaks up, but a properly drawn-up binding financial agreement does.

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Is private school worth it? Paying for kids' education

Cathy Filardo is seen helping her children, 13-year-old Siena and 5-year-old Massimo with their homework at home in Melbourne.

John Collett Cathy Filardo knows the value of a good education; she is, after all, a teacher.

ASK NOEL

Ask Noel: how can I make use of the equity in my home?

Illustration: Michael Mucci

Noel Whittaker Financial expert Noel Whittaker answers personal finance questions from readers.

MONEY BRAIN

Mums – fit your own oxygen masks first

Mothers often put their children's needs ahead of their own.

Catherine Robson This Mother's Day, I would encourage all mums to reframe the way they think about helping their kids and others that they love.

Live within your means: budget brilliantly

Ernest Chunge with his wife Fiona Copeman and baby Charles.

Barbara Drury Governments of all persuasions are fond of comparing the federal budget with the humble household budget and exhorting us to live within our means.

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How to pay for a tertiary education

A university education can be expensive, but you can plan for it.

Olivia Maragna Finishing a degree can cost tens of thousands of dollars and leave you with a student loan that you'll spend a lifetime repaying

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ASK NOEL

Should you keep your investment property or reduce debt?

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Noel Whittaker Noel Whittaker answers readers' questions.

WELL HEELED

Surviving the Christmas cash flow crunch for small business owners

Business cash flow can be tricky from December to March.

Melissa Browne If you're a business owner, Christmas can be a stressful time where you feel like you are simply holding your breath until you reach the end of the year.

YOUR QUESTIONS

Your questions

A reader wants to know whether their New Zealand Post Office Bonus Bonds and UK Premium Savings Bonds might be worth something.

BASIC TRAINING

Basic Training: How to save for university

University study can be a rewarding but expensive option.

Larissa Ham A tertiary education can cost a packet - but there are ways to spread that cost around.

TIP OF THE WEEK

An early start will help you plan for kids' education

Alex Berlee Where should parents begin if they want to make sure they can cover the cost of educating their children?

ASK NOEL

Should I pay my university fees up front?

Noel Whittaker.

Noel Whittaker I am 18 and am lucky enough to have been given $8000 a year from my parents and grandparents towards university for the next four years.

FEES RELEASE ME

Education funds ease schooling headache

Educating  children can be a costly affair for parents.

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

PLANNING

We all have a little life insurance, but most of us need more

retirement

Penny Pryer Insurance companies have been raving about Australia's "chronic" underinsurance problem for decades.