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.

HEALTH YOUR WEALTH

Your health is your wealth

Health

Alexandra Cain Which private health funds give the best rebates?

YOUR QUESTIONS

Releasing equity in your home

George Cochrane Please advise on reverse mortgages for self-funded retirees. Would our pension be affected?

ASK NOEL

Get parents' help to buy shares

Noel Whittaker I'm in Year 12 and have saved 75 per cent of my earnings for the past three years. Should I buy shares?

DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL

Mind your money manners

Don't ask, don't tell...

Sylvia Pennington Despite our love of sharing on social media, one topic is still taboo.

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YOUR QUESTIONS

Weighing prospects

Woodside Petroleum.

George Cochrane Woodside is a technological marvel but has not always been the investor's best friend.

ASK NOEL

Selling for the kids

How can we help our kids?

Noel Whittaker We plan to sell a block of land valued at $300,000, and inherit $500,000. How can we give some of this to our kids?

FINANCIAL ADVICE

Back to the future with FoFA loophole

David Potts dinkus.

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

YOUR QUESTIONS

How to save up for school fees

CHILDCARE.

George Cochrane What are the best ways to pay for tomorrow's private school expenses today?

ASK NOEL

Securing the best travel card deal

Noel Whittaker How do I know which travel card offers the best exchange rate?

ASK NOEL

The right moves for a full pension

Illustration: Michael Mucci.

Noel Whittaker What's the best way to put my super into my wife's name?

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

Should old cars count as assets in pension sums?

Mucci cartoon for Money

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

PLANNING

Passing the baton

Last will and testament

Christine Long If your health deteriorated sharply, would you be prepared with a power of attorney?

WAYS OF THE WEALTHY

Road to riches paved with good habits

David Wilson The canny habits of the seriously rich are worth copying. Here are some that should boost your wealth, if you muster the discipline to adopt them.

SUPER POWER

Magnify those savings

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John Collett Worried your super savings won’t last the distance? Here are some great tips for making your nest egg shine.

AGED CARE

Finding the cost of care

Alexandra Cain The way that means testing is applied in aged care is changing. What will the reforms mean for you?

MONEY DILEMMAS

Avoid a meltdown when mixing your friends and finances

Bridesmaids holding wedding bouquets.

Christine Long Ever felt like you and your friends no longer mesh when it comes to money?

ASK NOEL

The super cap is hard to shift

Michael Mucci illo

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Noel Whittaker I would like to contribute more than the $25,000 limit into my super account. Is there a way to do it?