Health Insurance


Still time to beat private health insurance premium rises

John Collett As private health insurance premiums rise, many policyholders are looking to reduce their cover to cut costs.


Income insurance protects your biggest asset

Your ability to produce an income is your most important financial asset.

Thabojan Rasiah We all know insurance is something we have "just in case", yet most of us don't insure our biggest asset.


Blissful ignorance can hit you where it hurts

How much do you know about managing your money.

Christine Long When put to the test, people’s financial understanding often falls short.


How middle Australia is being squeezed

Middle-class Australians have been belt-tightening for years and there's no sign of let-up.

David Potts Feeling the pinch? You're neither imagining it nor are you alone. Middle Australia is doing it tough.


Breadwinners need to protect their income

If you are unable to work, will you be able to cover mortgage repayments and other bills?

Mark Bouris Why would you insure your home and your car, but not your income?


Pets can cost owners a bundle

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John Collett We love our pets but they can cost a fortune. Should your dog or cat suffer a serious illness or accident, you could be left out of pocket to the tune of thousands of dollars.

Comfort zone not best place to be

Even if you take the plunge, the pension is always there as a backstop.

David Potts Many pensioners will be worse off by 2017 – unless they ramp up their risk-taking – and remember there is the pension to fall back on.


Stretched? Try calling Asia home

There's a big world out there.

Colleen Ryan and Stephen Wyatt As the cost of living rises in Australia, many would-be retirees are planning for a cheaper life overseas.


The cost of loving

Financial, emotional toll: Louise Thomas with her daughter, Ruby,  at their home in Willoughby.

Sylvia Pennington The quest for a family by non-traditional means can be a costly business.

Confidence and knowledge key for women facing divorce

Mark Bouris Women are at a high risk of losing out financially in a divorce, but this doesn't have to be the case.


Skiing, pensions and other valuable lessons from across the ditch

David Potts Their dollar is closing in on parity with ours spurred on by a vibrant, confident economy.

A little self-knowledge can go a long way

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John Collett When you’re making big financial decisions, it helps to know your weak spots and learn how to manage them.


London calling but is it a bridge too far?

Ask Noel

Noel Whittaker We want to sell our share portfolio, borrow $100,000 and buy a property in London for our children.


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.


Home truths about living longer

Noel Whittaker We're in our late 70s and hope to last at least another 10 years but fear the only way to avoid outliving our savings is to sell our home.


Magnify those savings

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John Collett Worried your super savings won’t last the distance? Here are some great tips for making your nest egg shine.


Under or over the threshold?

Noel Whittaker Should I work overtime before June 30, or stay under the $48,516 threshold?

Budget will be the biggest growth threat

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David Potts Tuesday's budget might be bad, but you might be surprised to hear the economy looks the opposite.


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?


Short change: Financial news in brief

Australians spent $158 million in medical gap fees in the firs three months of this year.

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