General Insurance

What you can do if you're facing compulsory acquisition

Christine Long Advice for people who lose their homes at the hands of their own government.

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.

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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Ask Noel: how to reapply for the pension without hassle

Noel Whittaker Financial expert Noel Whittaker answers readers' questions.

How to be a power user of credit card rewards programs

American Express was independently rated by Choice and Mozo to have some of the best rewards programs.

Kate Jones Anthony Bianco maximises the rewards points for his credit card but diligently pays off the balance every month.

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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Plumbing, planning and the curse of knowledge

Catherine Robson It's probably OK to go through life without knowing much about washer sizes, but financial management is a skill that all adults need.

Ask Noel: depreciating assets can help pensioners

Illustration: Simon Letch

Noel Whittaker Financial expert Noel Whittaker answers readers' questions.

Malaysia and Mexico are beating Australia in income-protection insurance

Mark Bouris Take-up of car insurance sits at about 83 per cent in Australia, but only 27 per cent of people have protected their most important asset.

Your guide to capital gains tax on the family home

You don't have to decide immediately which family home to claim the CGT exemption for.

Noel Whittaker Capital gains tax on the family home is not to difficult to understand if you take it step by step.

How to choose your first credit card

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Kate Jones Choosing your first credit card is equal parts daunting and exciting.

5 self-help books to help you master money

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Emma Vuletic Reading personal finance books helped Australian writer Emma Vuletic through a painful divorce in New York City.

Ask Noel: why getting below the $1.6m super threshold by June 30 is a timing issue

Noel Whittaker Financial expert Noel Whittaker answers readers' questions.

Jon Snow and why we all need an estate plan

Raised from the dead: Unlike the character Jon Snow in Game of Thrones, death is final and we need to plan for it.

Catherine Robson You won't find yourself raised from the dead by dark magic and potentially be the rightful heir to seven kingdoms, but you may have a complicated personal life.

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.

YOUR QUESTIONS

Before you retire, your best investment is yourself

George Cochrane Financial expert George Cochrane answers readers' questions.

Why retirees need their adult children to buy insurance

Noel Whittaker Getting your adult children to take out sufficient insurance is an important and emotive matter, and one that is never over in a single conversation.

TIP OF THE WEEK

Rate your wealth: are you as financially stable as you think?

Michael Hutton Many Australians are not as wealthy as they think they are.

Families encouraged to talk about funeral plans before it's too late

Bina Brown Diana Eiszele was seven months pregnant with her first child when her mother died suddenly at age 62.

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ASK NOEL

When one half of a couple has no interest in money matters

Noel Whittaker Financial expert Noel Whittaker answers readers' questions.