Marriage & Divorce

There's comfort in numbers

Melissa Browne Getting to grips with what we owe and earn can take much of the stress out of our lives.

What's the go with debt managers?

Your Questions dinkus

George Cochrane 'Debt solutions' all sound too good to be true. Are there other cheaper, safer options?

WELFARE'S STATE

Big squeeze on as pension hurdles get higher and higher

Under review: Welfare spending is in the sights of the Coalition, and that means changes to the age pension.

Max Newnham Anyone who currently received, or is hoping to receive, some form of benefit from Centrelink could rightfully feel under attack right now.

EASY PREY

Fraudsters target seniors with a variety of scams

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David Wilson How to detect and counter the sophisticated scams that can rob you of your savings.

HAND-OUTS

Grab what you can from the government

Mark Bouris dinkus.

Mark Bouris Most of the plans being made for this financial year are about boosting income and reducing costs.

AGED CARE

Calculate the costs when it's time to go into care

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Barbara Drury Thinking about aged care? Selling the family home to pay for a bond may not be the only solution.

Premium plans

Insuring your earning capacity

Mark Bouris dinkus.

Mark Bouris There are many ways to build wealth, but what about protecting it?

We're close to retirement. Should we sell investment properties?

Your Questions dinkus

George Cochrane Is the best strategy to offload our units oir keep them for the income?

YOUR QUESTIONS

How can my parents prepare for care?

George Cochrane They are in good health, but obviously at their age, anything can happen.

FAR FLUNG

The economics of commuting versus city living

Productive time: Tony Simpson has been catching a train to central Sydney for five years.

Sylvia Pennington With city house prices soaring many of us are looking further afield. But is the price too high?

My place

Elisabeth Neales In 1964, my husband and I made a momentous decision; we spent our entire savings of £2500 on a half-completed, unlined fibro shack on three blocks of land in what was then a remote area near the...

FINANCIAL RECOVERY

Women who leave with nothing

Moving out and up: It is difficult escaping abuse and it carries financial implications.

Sylvia Pennington Getting away from abusive situations is hard, getting back on your feet financially can be harder still.

PLANNING

Why you need to make a will

No rush: Hadley Allchurch, right, says making a will for wife Sarah and daughter Hayley would make him feel very old.

Kate Jones It’s the morbid conversation no one wants to have, the plan no one wants to make.

RESOLUTIONS

A bit of resolve can turn wishful thinking into savings success

Christine Long Feeling the need for a double shot of determination to make your New Year's resolutions stick? You're not the only one.

SOLAR POWER

Can you ever make cash off a hot tin roof?

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Adam Courtenay Success with solar energy isn't as simple - or as lucrative - as it once was.

FAMILIES

Single parents face tax slug of 80%

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Gareth Hutchens Single parents will soon have a huge disincentive to earn more than $48,000 a year.

YOUR QUESTIONS

A grand $3 million financial plan

A grand financial plan.

George Cochrane The family home can be sold within two years of death without any capital gains tax.

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?

ASK NOEL

Save for a bigger deposit before entering the property market

Noel Whittaker I'm 28 with no debt, $40,000 in super and $20,000 in savings. Should I keep saving for a house deposit?

IT'S NEVER TOO LATE

Approaching 50? Don't panic, get planning

Money

David Potts Been living it up rather than saving for old age? At 50, it’s high time to get serious about your retirement money.