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RETIRE RIGHT

Retire Right: Is no work all it's cracked up to be?

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon A happy retirement is not just about your finances, it's also about how you spend your time.

PLAN AHEAD

Which iPhone 6s plan will work best for you?

The iPhone 6s goes on sale this Friday.

John Collett Use a lot of data? The telcos have a plan to suit you - and your new iPhone.

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PROBLEM SOLVING

How to make complaining work

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

INSIGHT

Economy struggling to generate enough work

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

Hard to get work in the 'lucky country'

Getting here is one thing, finding work to support a family is another.

Michelle Hutchison Newcomers to Australia say finding work is the most difficult part about living here.

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LAST REQUEST

Will wills still work as paper trail fades?

Web life: With people spending so much of their time online, it is worth considering what should happen to your digital assets and accounts after you die.

Emily Chantiri Most of us manage our personal finances online. It's very convenient for us, but how easy will it be for our executors?

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Six ways to make your money work as hard as you do

Money

Scott Phillips You've worked hard to earn it, so don't let your money put its feet up - give it a job to do.

The five steps to getting the pay rise you deserve

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon Nicole helps… position a reader for a pay rise.

Government to enable longevity insurance for retirees who outlive their savings

Barbara Drury From next year, retirees should be able to insure against running out of money in their old age.

International Men's Day: the money problems most likely to affect men

Men are less likely to seek treatment for depression, and this can intensify the associated problems.

Leo D'Angelo Fisher It's a man's world, but being a man doesn't always pay big.

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How to increase your income – focus on outcomes not hours

Catherine Robson If we want something, we can either reduce expenditure, or increase our income.

Five rules for negotiating your pay

Emily Chantiri It can be a nerve-racking process when you begin negotiating a salary.

Are you insured for disaster season?

Uninsured victims of the Brisbane flood, Sharon and Jonathan Cauldwell, lost almost $420,000 but are determined their nine-year-old son Jeremy will still go to private school.

Sylvia Pennington Brisbane hospitality executives Jonathan and Sharon Cauldwell were hit hard after their home was inundated in the 2011 floods.

How to find a good financial adviser

Good financial planning should address your goals.

Noel Whittaker My stock answer is: "That is no different from your asking me how to find a good doctor, accountant or motor mechanic. I really don't know."

The trick to seeing a financial adviser? Start with something specific

Mark Bouris You don't have to be pulled into full-scale financial planning, where the adviser starts with a $3000-plus statement and then has you on an annual retainer.

When can you afford to retire?

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon Once you know what your retirement looks like, you can figure out how much money you will need to fund it each year and then how soon you can actually do it.

The three things low-income earners can do to get ahead

Raj Patel was on the verge of declaring bankruptcy when he saw a financial counsellor.

Christine Long Raj never thought he'd need a financial counsellor. Then he nearly lost it all through a run of bad luck.

Create your emergency financial plan

There is a reason why airlines do the safety demonstration while the plane is still on the ground.

Melissa Browne We need to start thinking about our own financial emergency plans while everything is clear sailing.

The harsher pension test gives retirees little reason to save

Daryl Dixon The changes in the asset test for the pension come at the same time as official interest rates and conservative investment returns are at historic low levels.

Plan ahead for the festive season to avoid a financial hangover

Melissa Browne A little pain now in terms of planning can mean you avoid a whole lot of pain later on.