Work

INSIGHT

Economy struggling to generate enough work

Clancy Yeates There are few clearer signs of Australia's patchy economy than the labour market.

PROBLEM SOLVING

How to make complaining work

Complaints.   Man yelling over the telephone.

Christine Long Nobody likes to be a whinger. But when bad things happen you have to be able to complain - and get results.

PLANNING AHEAD

Indentifying spending and saving habits that encourage financial health

Barbara Drury If your finances are a blur and you experience constant pain in your hip pocket, then it’s not a health check you need but a wealth check.

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.

TRANSFERS

Why do electronic transfers take so long?

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David Wilson On paper, it seems ridiculous. You send some money via electronic banking and the transaction apparently goes into limbo.

PLANNING

Why you need to make a will

No rush: Hadley Allchurch, right, says making a will for wife Sarah and daughter Hayley would make him feel very old.

Kate Jones It's the morbid conversation no one wants to have, the plan no one wants to make.

YOUR QUESTIONS

How can my parents prepare for care?

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

FAR FLUNG

The economics of commuting versus city living

Productive time: Tony Simpson has been catching a train to central Sydney for five years.

Sylvia Pennington With city house prices soaring many of us are looking further afield. But is the price too high?

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.

Premium plans

Insuring your earning capacity

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Mark Bouris There are many ways to build wealth, but what about protecting it?

Wanted: A financial planner who suits

Let down: a new report shows the extent to which consumers were poorly advised by the Commonwealth Bank's planning arm.

John Collett Study your own finances and the advice industry before turning to an ‘expert’.

FOFA REFORMS

Quality advice costs money

Penny Pryor dinkus.

Penny Pryor The CBA controversy has again revealed the difficulties of a commission-based remuneration system .

AGED CARE

Calculate the costs when it's time to go into care

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Barbara Drury Thinking about aged care? Selling the family home to pay for a bond may not be the only solution.

FOFA REFORMS

Big puzzle of Palmer's backflip

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John Collett For all his huffing and puffing about protecting the little people, Palmer has traded his support for practically nothing in return.

GETTING STARTED

When is advice not advice? When it's a sales pitch

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DAVID POTTS There's more consumer protection buying a fridge than in financial advice from a bank.

We're close to retirement. Should we sell investment properties?

Your Questions dinkus

George Cochrane Is the best strategy to offload our units oir keep them for the income?

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.