Work & Career


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.


Consumers looking for advice they can trust

They look trustworthy - but how can you tell?

John Collett After the latest Fairfax Media revelations of dodgy advice at another major bank, investors must be wondering where they can get advice that they can trust.


Nest-egg needs hard to calculate

Richard Livingston Retirement saving is often like the federal budget. We target a reasonable number and hope it works out.


No need for panic - the economy isn't all that bad

David Potts All things considered, it isn't doing too badly. What's missing is confidence.


Couples falling out of love with shared accounts

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David Potts The leap from wearing a ring to sharing a PIN is too far for a growing number of couples.


Can RBA resist the markets’ call for a cut?

Reserve Bank of Australia governer Glenn Stevens: Has anything else happened to nudge the Reserve since its last meeting two months ago? You name it.

David Potts Even if the Reserve Bank doesn't jump on Tuesday, interest rates are on the way down again.

Suddenly single? You'll cope

Take the helm: Kaia Hunter has been steering her own ship since her marriage floundered in 2007.

Sylvia Pennington How do you make the big financial decisions when death, divorce or relationship breakdown means that you’re flying solo?


Education funds ease schooling headache

Educating  children can be a costly affair for parents.

John Collett Putting your child through school is an expensive business. Starting saving now is one option.


Are you guilty of financial infidelity?

Secrets and lies: Financial infidelity can be as destructive as any other betrayal of trust.

Olivia Maragna Keeping information from your partner could be seen as a betrayal.


What you can do now to help get back to the beach sooner

There are ways to bring that permanent summer holiday of early retirement a little bit closer.

Melissa Browne Have the long hot days of summer given you a taste for relaxation? Fancy giving up work? Well you can't - not yet anyway.


Create your own new job

Potential: There's a job in there waiting to blossom.

Barbara Drury In a world where traditional jobs are disappearing more Australians are turning to freelancing and self-employment out of necessity.

Meagre growth dulls outlook

Growth may be slow but at least we're not heading into another recession.

David Potts There won’t be a recession this year, but we’re all going to feel the squeeze.


Summer - time for a good think

Mark Bouris dinkus.

Mark Bouris The holidays are a good time to engage in some planning for 2015: the things you’d change, the things you’d do the same.


Celebrate too soon and you'll blow it

Party plan: A good festive season strategy for your finances will give you something to celebrate come January 1.

Melissa Browne Don't spoil your good work this year by splurging over the festive season.


Need a reliable financial adviser? Do your homework and look online

John Collett There are reliable financial financial advisers out there. You just need to know where to look, writes John Collett.

Hard to get work in the 'lucky country'

Getting here is one thing, finding work to support a family is another.

Michelle Hutchison Newcomers to Australia say finding work is the most difficult part about living here.

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How to find a good financial adviser

Be prepared: Good financial advise can ensure a  comfortable retirement.

John Collett Seek and thou shalt find, though you do need to be extra diligent given the flawed history of the sector.


Wish you were here?

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Emily Chantiri Could you retire in your 50s? You'll have to be disciplined.


Golden years not so golden

Nest egg: Many older workers are left out of pocket in retirement when their working lives are cut short.

John Collett Retirees are living longer than ever, yet many have their retirement saving plans derailed by unplanned redundancy or illness.


Clearing financial hurdles of the single life

Party of one: Gretchen Alt-Cooper is a self employed accountant/company director and has been a single parent for many years.

Barbara Drury Singletons are on the rise. But there's a financial downside to independence. Follow these tips to avoid the poverty trap later in life.