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BORROWING

Plan ahead when buying first home

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

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.

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

Holiday

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.

GDP lift points to resilient economy

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

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.

IT'S NEVER TOO LATE

Approaching 50? Don't panic, get planning

Money

David Potts Been living it up rather than saving for old age? At 50, it’s high time to get serious about your retirement money.

SPENDING AND SAVING

Four things your bank won't tell you

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Penny Pryor When it comes to your money making money, if you don't ask you will not receive.

ASK NOEL

Tricky tax deduction claim is best left to the accountant

Noel Whittaker How do I deduct the interest on my mortgage when filling in my tax return for the redrawn amounts used to invest in shares?

EARNING AND LEARNING

Brushing up on your financial skills

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MONEY - Hal Palmer at his house in Chelmer, Qld.

Sylvia Pennington Understanding your financial situation, and improving it, requires some education and effort.

ASK NOEL

Should old cars count as assets in pension sums?

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Noel Whittaker Why is Centrelink including our two old cars and small boat when assessing our pension eligibility?

YOUR QUESTIONS

Embracing more risk?

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George Cochrane Should I salary sacrifice to bolster my superannuation or should I be purchasing property?

FINANCIAL ADVICE

Back to the future with FoFA loophole

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David Potts The only burning in Tony Abbott's bonfire of the vanities of governments past will be that of consumers.

CHIN UP

We are still the lucky country

Are we really that hard done by?

Penny Pryor Get out of the crisis funk: Employment is up, and so is retail spending.

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ASK NOEL

Investing to pay for university

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Noel Whittaker How can we turn $30,000 into more than $150,000 within 18 to 20 years to pay for our child's university?

PLANNING

Master of your own makeover

Belinda Rossi

Penny Pryor A tough labour market doesn't mean the end of your career: survival is about being prepared to adapt.