Work & Career

PLANNING AHEAD

The numbers you really need

Barbara Drury If your finances are a blur and you experience constant pain in your hip pocket, then it's not a health check you need but a wealth check.

BORROWING

Plan ahead when buying first home

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Mark Bouris When interest rates are low, house prices usually rise and first-home buyers can feel shut out of the market. But all is not lost when sticking to a few simple tips: 

WORKING

Stopping the boss from following you home

Home Office: Getting the work-life balance right is important.

Tom Chivers The Germans have proposed an ''anti-stress'' law that would ban work emails after hours.

PLANNING FOR CHANGE

Start planning for those life-changing moments

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Christine Long If you know some important changes are just around the corner, it pays to get your finances in order first.

TRANSFERS

Why do electronic transfers take so long?

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David Wilson On paper, it seems ridiculous. You send some money via electronic banking and the transaction apparently goes into limbo.

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.

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?

SUPER & FUNDS

Devil will be in planner register's detail

John Collett The interests of consumers will be best served by having as much relevant information as possible included on the register.

FINANCIAL LITERACY

ASIC plan aims to make us smarter with our money

Australian teens have done well in an OECD measure of financial literacy.

John Collett Our future might be in safe hands, with Australian teenagers rating very well in a global survey of financial literacy, but the rest of us might be thankful for a new national plan aimed at helping...

TAKE A BREAK

Millions of days off up for grabs

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Michelle Hutchison Australians wasted more than 58 million annual leave days last year- that's about a week each.

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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.

Premium plans

Insuring your earning capacity

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

Wanted: A financial planner who suits

Let down: a new report shows the extent to which consumers were poorly advised by the Commonwealth Bank's planning arm.

John Collett Study your own finances and the advice industry before turning to an ‘expert’.

GDP lift points to resilient economy

David Potts Ignore the doomsayers, the Australian economy is doing just fine.

FOFA REFORMS

Quality advice costs money

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Penny Pryor The CBA controversy has again revealed the difficulties of a commission-based remuneration system .

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.

FOFA REFORMS

Big puzzle of Palmer's backflip

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John Collett For all his huffing and puffing about protecting the little people, Palmer has traded his support for practically nothing in return.

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Don't kill the financial sharks, teach us how to swim

Listen carefully: A lot of financial advisers are well meaning, but the system they work in has the power to slowly corrupt.

Richard Livingston The real problem with financial advice is big banks being allowed to ‘advise’ in the first place.

GETTING STARTED

When is advice not advice? When it's a sales pitch

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DAVID POTTS There's more consumer protection buying a fridge than in financial advice from a bank.