Health Insurance

OVERSEAS LIVING

Stretched? Try calling Asia home

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

SHORT CHANGE

Short change: Financial news in brief

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

John Collett Short change

NUMBERS YOU NEED

Numbers you need

John Collett Essential numbers from the world of finance.

YOUR QUESTIONS

Careful planning needed to have a good lifestyle in retirement

Golden years: Those planning to retire hope their income will allow them a lifestyle of leisure.

George Cochrane The goal is a retirement unit, but the money keeps going elsewhere. What's the best plan?

ASK NOEL

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

David Potts dinkus.

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

YOUR QUESTIONS

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?

HEALTH YOUR WEALTH

Your health is your wealth

Health

Alexandra Cain Which private health funds give the best rebates?

YOUR QUESTIONS

A volunteer's tax conundrum

Your Questions dinkus

George Cochrane Am I entitled to claim deductible personal super contributions?

PLANNING

Find the right retirement vehicle

Mini Minor car enthusiasts.

John Collett With people living longer, it's crucial to map out financial goals.

YOUR QUESTIONS

Winter years need not be so taxing

Generic tax.

George Cochrane Is it true that after a certain age, you do not have to submit a tax return? George Cochrane answers your questions.

Where can we put it?

Mid Life Crisis?

It is a question that has probably crossed the minds of many people in their mid-life years who have some spare cash.

GETTING AHEAD

Grow your fund through sacrifice

Superannuation

John Collett Latest government proposals are aimed at curtailing the tax breaks on super enjoyed by the well off.

SUPER

Avoid pension pitfalls with precise retirement planning

Retirement road sign.

Max Newnham How can you work out if your investments will provide for you sufficiently in retirement?

Retirement? That's the million-dollar question

Mark Bouris

Mark Bouris Some of the numbers associated with retirement seem really big.

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DOLLAR DRAINERS

Hidden costs of ignoring small outlays

Emily Chantiri The costs for some goods and services are small but let them slide for too long and you'll find they will add up to hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars a year.

Smart strategies for maximising your super

Retiree.

Max Newnham There are many strategies a person can use to maximise the superannuation they have at retirement.

FOFA REFORMS

A new year's fizzer

Picture by JULIAN KINGMA.
party, drinking, drinks, alcohol, balloons, streamers, celebration

David Potts The start of the financial year brings a melting pot of pros and cons, from higher super contributions to the nebulous FOFA plan.

GETTING STARTED

Weakening growth puts pressure on future prospects

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David Potts Much will be said about budget deficits and debt before we get to September 7, and even more after it.

WELL HEELED

Health cover is in your court

Melissa Browne

Melissa Browne Many people are only now seeing the effect of the recent changes to the private health insurance rebate when they lodge their tax return