Career

ASSETT CHECK

Policy switch on life insurance is long overdue

Daryl Dixon When it comes to insurance, the benefits of shopping around can be substantial.

WINNERS & LOSERS

Slow road or fast lane - goals need nurturing

At 38, marketing consultant Jasmine Skee is thrilled at having reached her biggest financial goal of owning a home.

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

THE ECONOMY

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.

INSURANCE

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.

GETTING AHEAD

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.

FAMILY PLANNING

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.

TRAVEL MONEY

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?

TIP OF THE WEEK

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.

TIP OF THE WEEK

Redundancy payouts reward careful handling

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

ASK NOEL

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?

BRIGHT SPARKS

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 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.

WELL HEELED

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.

ASK NOEL

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.

GETTING STARTED

Budget bits and bobs for a flat year of jobs and wages

Joe Hockey's budget is a win for entrepreneurs ... and be grateful he left your super alone.

David Potts  There are winners and losers, and not always who'd you expect.

OPINION

Women will be worse off - now, and later

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon Our babies can eat the bacon we bring home in what will be an important lesson in work ethics, financial responsibility and chewing.

OVERSEAS LIVING

Stretched? Try calling Asia home

There's a big world out there.

Colleen Ryan and Stephen Wyatt As the cost of living rises in Australia, many would-be retirees are planning for a cheaper life overseas.

WELL-HEELED

Be wise and play like an adult

Melissa Browne We want to have a great time with our finances for however long we're able to – but it's important to play a grown-up game.

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?

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.