Work & Career


There's more to just setting goals

Emily Chantiri Why do some people reach financial targets and others do not? What's the secret of their success?

The last thing to worry about

‘‘I really struggle’’,  says Linda Young who is dying of cancer.

Christine Long Those with terminal illness can now get their super more easily. But there are other issues which need to be faced.


It's all Greek for the markets

Greek markets are feeling the pinch but it's the Chinese and the US markets we should worry about.

David Potts Markets are in a tizz again though exactly why is all Greek to me.

Seven ways to thrive in the new financial year

Melissa Browne It's time to stop talking about getting busy and start doing something about it.


Funds fear rise of lawyer-led claims

Do you really need legal advice to make an insurance claim on your super fund?

Sally Patten Super funds have grown increasingly concerned that lawyers are becoming involved in claims from an early stage, even before a claim has been knocked back.


What the new financial year could bring

Tarot cards may be as useful as anything else when it comes to predicting  what will happen on the stock market.

David Potts Here it is, halfway through the year already and nothing seems to be going according to plan.


Parents are to blame for Sponge Society

Teach children good habits while they are young.

Michelle Hutchison They have fled the nest but are still being spoon-fed. And it's not helping them.


Heading to Greece? Should you avoid 'Y euros'?

X marks the spot. The serial numbers of Euro notes printed in Germany have an 'X' prefix.

Klyde Caldwell Euro notes' serial number denotes country of origin. If Greece does exit the euro, will Greek-issued euros become worthless?


For 'greypreneurs', necessity is the mother of invention

David Potts Hitting retirement age doesn't necessarily mean you're ready to retire.


Six steps to a rosier future

Women must make steps towards financial independence.

Dominique Bergel-Grant Want to take control of your finances? Here are some practical tips to follow.


Redundancy payouts reward careful handling

Olivia Maragna A redundancy could be the breath of fresh air needed to really revitalise your career.


A not-so-super situation for one loyal worker

Illustration: Michael Mucci.

Noel Whittaker A struggling company has not being paying super for one of its workers. What could the worker do about this?


Students making a fortune

Mark McDonald and business partner Josiah Humphrey launched their business in 2011. It is predicted to turn over $100 million in revenue by 2018.

Nina Hendy Some uni students are well on their way to financial freedom before graduating.

Grey divorce - a case study

Kate Jones Rod Nye, 71, is still adapting to his new life as a single guy. After 35 years of marriage, it was never going to be easy.

Grey divorce has huge impact in the retirement years

Divorcing later in life is becoming more common.

After decades of marriage, divorce is the last thing couples expect to disrupt their retirement plans.


Happily surviving on $20,000 a year

Edwina Joesler says her lifestyle isn't for everyone, but she's happy to live on her annual income of $20,000.

Christine Long The wait between pays can be long for performing artist and freelance caterer Edwina Joesler. "Frequently, I will be waiting not just weeks, but months, for clients to pay up," she says.


How to stop living week to week

Stop living week to week.

Christine Long Repeatedly running out of money and stressed out? It even happens to the well off. Plan your spending and set goals beyond survival and you can get out of the rut.


Why you need a one-minute pitch

Melissa Browne.

Melissa Browne Last month I was fortunate to attend TedX Sydney and spent the day being inspired and challenged by some incredible speakers.


Should I pay my university fees up front?

Noel Whittaker.

Noel Whittaker I am 18 and am lucky enough to have been given $8000 a year from my parents and grandparents towards university for the next four years.


Where should my 19-year-old park his cash?

Flexibility is still important for young investors.

George Cochrane My 19-year-old son has $20,000 cash savings on deposit. We are thinking of investing the money long term with regular top-ups in a share market or index fund.