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BOURIS ON MONEY

China deal sets course for growth

China's new middle class will look to Australia to provide many of its products and the ChAFTA  removal of tarrifs will boost our economy as demand surges.

Mark Bouris Free trade agreement should see Australia benefit from China's economic transformation for years to come.

SUMMIT ELSE

Few expectations for global gabfest

A visitor walks through the media centre ahead of the G20 Summit in Brisbane on November 13, 2014. Brisbane will host the G20 Leadership Summit on November 15-16. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS

David Potts The best we can hope for from G20 is that it can stimulate a much-needed rise in global growth and confidence.

TIP OF THE WEEK

Changing jobs? Take time to cast a fresh eye over financial plans

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Olivia Maragna Once you've found a new job, it is an ideal opportunity to review your entire financial plan.

SUPER & FUNDS

Register may find all financial planners are equally beautiful

John Collett Registers of advisers are just marketing tools and do little to protect consumers.

PLEASE YOURSELF

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.

RETIREMENT

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.

TIP OF THE WEEK

What to do if you face redundancy

If you are made redundant, knowing a few redundancy rules will help to avoid costly mistakes.

Alex Berlee Redundancy is something many of us can expect to face. Getting your finances under control will help reduce the stress on you and your family.

EARLY RETIREMENT

Wish you were here?

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

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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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.

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

How can my parents prepare for care?

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

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.

GDP lift points to resilient economy

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

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.

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.