Insurance

CLEVER COVERAGE

Online insurance doesn't come cheap

John Collett When it comes to life insurance, buying directly from the insurer is usually the most expensive route.

INSIGHT

Shop around for a good insurance deal

Clancy Yeates This year's devastating start to the bushfire season has underlined the value of insuring the biggest asset many people own: their home.

Insight

Duopoly drives rising insurance costs

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Clancy Yeates 'Bill shock'' normally refers to the unpleasant experience of receiving an enormous phone or electricity bill. But it could just as easily apply to insurance.

SUPER

Large funds have life insurance covered

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John Collett Most of us don't have enough life insurance, so it's good that large superannuation funds provide ''default'' death and total and permanent disablement insurance to their members, who otherwise may...

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.

Credit insurance risks uncovered

The skyline

Lesley Parker Consumer credit insurance - marketed alongside credit cards and personal loans as a way to protect your ability to meet repayments - remains on the Australian Securities and Investments Commission's...

Insurance commissions encourage churning

The chairwoman of Choice, Jenni Mack, says when you buy life insurance, a commission of about 130 per cent of your first year's premium, then 10 per cent to 30 per cent each year after that, is paid...

Pet insurance for a priceless companion

Trudy Collinson's dog, Bonnie

Trudy Collinson thought her dogs would be a good way to get her out of the house and to nearby Melbourne parks for exercise and to meet people while her children were at school.

Travel insurance cap may not fit

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Lesley Parker The more you take on holiday, the more you stand to lose if you're not adequately covered.

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.

LAST REQUEST

Will wills still work as paper trail fades?

Web life: With people spending so much of their time online, it is worth considering what should happen to your digital assets and accounts after you die.

Emily Chantiri Most of us manage our personal finances online. It's very convenient for us, but how easy will it be for our executors?

GOOD ADVICE

Independent investors to pay a FOFA price

Alter the rules: Rearrange the costs.

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

BOURIS ON MONEY

China deal sets course for growth

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

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.

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

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

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?

NUMBERS YOU NEED

Numbers you need

John Collett Essential numbers from the world of finance.

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.

BOURIS ON MONEY

Sometimes the personal touch is best

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