Work & Career

YOUR QUESTIONS

Where could investment property profit find a home?

George Cochrane We're selling up and want to know the best plan for salting away the proceeds.

HOLD TIGHT

Need a helping hand? Don't get sucked in

 

Christine Long Some financial products that claim to ease your cares can send you even deeper into debt.

TIP OF THE WEEK

How to set yourself some kickable goals

You need to set yourself financial goals.

Dominique Bergel-Grant A tangible financial goal is about more than ideas, dates and numbers. It includes three key elements: your big financial picture, the level of risk you are willing to take and a strategy to protect...

LOVE AND MONEY

Financial fix for wedded bliss

Newlyweds Kate and Josh Williams.

Kate Jones Money differences are responsible for more break-ups than cheating, especially in the first year of a marriage. So what are the financial hurdles - and how do you clear them?

Developer kickbacks leave a sour taste

John Collett Accountants as well as mortgage brokers are being offered inducements in return for advising investors to put their money into particular off-the-plan developments.

BOURIS ON MONEY

Get ’em while they’re young

It's never too late, or too early, to start.

Mark Bouris In the rush to help mature age groups with their money, financial advisers can leave others behind.

TIP OF THE WEEK

The good, bad and ugly reasons why you must fix up your retirement portfolio

Managing risk is important when considering your retirement investment portfolio.

Thabojan Rasiah Property has created significant wealth for thousands of Australians. So, how does it fit into your retirement plans?

TAX TRAPS

Ways to ensure a great divide

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Max Newnham Replacing one old home with two new ones is tempting. But what are the tax pitfalls?

WELL HEELED

Five numbers everyone needs to know

Unless you want to be eaten by a shark, you need to know all your numbers.

Melissa Browne Whether you're running a business or a home, not knowing the financial facts can be a passport to disaster.

ADVICE LINE

ASIC's advice register will help to weed out bad apples

Stopping the rot: The register of financial advisers will only be as good as employers' breach reporting and recruitment processes.

John Collett The long-promised national register of financial planners is here at last. It's a good start, but it's not perfect.

BOURIS ON MONEY

Avoiding finances is costly in the long run; get an adviser

Avoiding the truth?: Don't procrastinate; get a financial adviser.

Mark Bouris Spending you're life ignoring your finances? Take a deep breath and make a change. You won't regret it.

ADVICE CENTRE

Financial advice register a winner for consumers

Four planners adversely named in the financial planning scandals at the big banks not listed on the register.

John Collett ASIC's register of financial advisers that went live online this morning has scored some early wins for consumers.

A little self-knowledge can go a long way

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John Collett When you’re making big financial decisions, it helps to know your weak spots and learn how to manage them.

TAP AND GO

Budget? Bills? Banking? App to it

Whatever your financial needs there's a wide choice of apps available.

Christine Long Whatever your personal finance needs, there’s an app that can help you. Here are some of the most popular.

WELL-HEELED

Always follow the care instructions

Melissa Browne Money columinst

Melissa Browne Major purchases such as property need to be looked after properly.

HER MONEY

What's up with women and money?

Health and fitness coach Wendy Bentley says she has learnt how to charge a fair rate for her time.

Nina Hendy Underpaid and a bit overwhelmed? There’s lots of help available.

TIP OF THE WEEK

The money conversation you need to have

A careful approach might be required to discuss finances with your partner.

Dominique Bergel-Grant One or both of you might be unwilling but it's an important discussion to have.

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.

PLAN AHEAD

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.

Treasury head looks set for a scrap with government

Secretary of Treasury John Fraser confers with Finance Minister Mathias Cormann.

David Potts In the shape of John Fraser, Tony Abbott has appointed somebody who's going to be pushing strongly for tax reform and a crackdown on "middle class welfare".