Career

LOVE AND MONEY

Financial fix for wedded bliss

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?

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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".

GETTING STARTED

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.

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.

DO IT YOURSELF

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.

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.

INSIGHT

Belts tighten as pay rises grind to a halt

Clancy Yeates Slow wage growth and a rising unemployment rate show how soft things are in the labour market.

BOURIS ON MONEY

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.

BOURIS ON MONEY

China deal sets course for growth

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

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.