General Insurance

Prepare for the risk of losing the breadwinner

Mark Bouris If you follow the news about North Korea you might think we're living under imminent threat of catastrophe, but many Australians have a potential disaster in store closer to home.

Get your personal finances in order before you start a business

Some budding entrepreneurs pitch their business to investors on <i>Shark Tank</i>.

Christine Long Getting a business off the ground isn't just about finding start-up money. Behind the scenes you've got to be able to live and ensure your personal finances don't go backwards.

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Worried about your retirement savings? It's probably not as dire as you think

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Caitlin Fitzsimmons You probably don't need as much money in retirement as you've been told.

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Most of us are overconfident about our financial knowledge - that's a risk

A recent survey found big gaps in the financial knowledge of many respondents, despite high levels of confidence.

Clancy Yeates Many people misunderstand key concepts in banking, but few recognise the limits of their knowledge, a new survey suggests.

How the funeral industry preys on grieving families

Caitlin Fitzsimmons Death may be one of the great certainties of life, but there's nothing compulsory about a funeral.

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Enjoy stomping your feet about house prices, then go do something about it

Melissa Browne Ultimately all my swearing and carrying on isn't going to change anything.

How to put a financial windfall to good use

Receiving a windfall can leave us confused about how to make best use of the money.

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

We can all do more to close gender pay gap

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Mark Bouris Most Australians would be aware that there is a problem with gender and money. Or, more specifically, inequalities between men and women when it comes to both spending and earning.

Reducing the risk of helping adult children into property

Daryl Dixon Parental support is now a huge factor in the first home buyer market.

Rebuilding after divorce

Mark Bouris Men and women take about five years to stabilise their finances after a divorce.

The one thing pollies agree on is money – that is, ours

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon, at Parliament House, is helping lead the charge to make Australians ''money smart''.

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon When Canberra concurs, perhaps we should start paying attention. The fabulous and free tools to help you get money smart.

Why everyone needs a will, especially parents

Orphaned children may have a loving extended family but if their parents don't nominate a testamentary guardian, it becomes a matter for the family court.

Caitlin Fitzsimmons One of the biggest reasons parents need a will has nothing to do with who gets their money if they die.

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The truth about home ownership and the age pension

The family home is protected in public policy settings.

Caitlin Fitzsimmons The idea that your home does not count when you are assessed for the pension is political fiction.

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Five reasons we don't have a retirement savings crisis

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Caitlin Fitzsimmons There are powerful vested interests pushing the idea that Australians need to save more for retirement.

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The 10 biggest money mistakes

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon If you're smart, over your lifetime a deliberate trickle of "me" money will become a big personal pool of cash – which you can then happily splash.

The four stages of love - and money

Mark Bouris With Valentine's Day coming up it's a good time to think about love and money, and how to marry the two together.

Women playing footy? It's for love, not money

Georgina Dent If you had to give up some of your income to do something else that you loved, would you?

Clock ticks on $1 million super deadline

Only five months to go before super contributions caps are lowered

John Collett It's the $1 million opportunity – the last hurrah to get a lot of money inside super and take advantage of super's concessional tax rates before July 1 this year.

Centrelink overload sees families unable to access payments

Bianca Hartge-Hazelman Parents are being prevented from accessing the government's childcare rebate and other family payments because Centrelink staff are blocking phone lines and fudging caller wait times when reporting...

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.