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LAST REQUEST

Will wills still work as paper trail fades?

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.

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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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.

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.

The remarkable life and lessons of the millionaire janitor

Money

Barry Ritholtz Ronald Read was always careful with his money. When the former janitor died at the age of 92, his family was shocked to learn his estate was worth millions. This is how he amassed that fortune.

TIP OF THE WEEK

How to set yourself some kickable goals

You need to set yourself financial goals.

Dominique Bergel-Grant A tangible financial goal is about more than ideas, dates and numbers. It includes three key elements: your big financial picture, the level of risk you are willing to take and a strategy to protect...

YOUR QUESTIONS

Where could investment property profit find a home?

A well planned strategy can maximise your benefits in retirement from the sale of an investment property.

George Cochrane We're selling up and want to know the best plan for salting away the proceeds.

Developer kickbacks leave a sour taste

John Collett Accountants as well as mortgage brokers are being offered inducements in return for advising investors to put their money into particular off-the-plan developments.

BOURIS ON MONEY

Get ’em while they’re young

It's never too late, or too early, to start.

Mark Bouris In the rush to help mature age groups with their money, financial advisers can leave others behind.

ADVICE LINE

ASIC's advice register will help to weed out bad apples

Stopping the rot: The register of financial advisers will only be as good as employers' breach reporting and recruitment processes.

John Collett The long-promised national register of financial planners is here at last. It's a good start, but it's not perfect.

TAX TRAPS

Ways to ensure a great divide

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Max Newnham Replacing one old home with two new ones is tempting. But what are the tax pitfalls?

WELL HEELED

Five numbers everyone needs to know

Unless you want to be eaten by a shark, you need to know all your numbers.

Melissa Browne Whether you're running a business or a home, not knowing the financial facts can be a passport to disaster.

BOURIS ON MONEY

Avoiding finances is costly in the long run; get an adviser

Avoiding the truth?: Don't procrastinate; get a financial adviser.

Mark Bouris Spending you're life ignoring your finances? Take a deep breath and make a change. You won't regret it.

ADVICE CENTRE

Financial advice register a winner for consumers

Four planners adversely named in the financial planning scandals at the big banks not listed on the register.

John Collett ASIC's register of financial advisers that went live online this morning has scored some early wins for consumers.

A little self-knowledge can go a long way

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John Collett When you’re making big financial decisions, it helps to know your weak spots and learn how to manage them.

WELL-HEELED

Always follow the care instructions

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Melissa Browne Major purchases such as property need to be looked after properly.

TAP AND GO

Budget? Bills? Banking? App to it

Whatever your financial needs there's a wide choice of apps available.

Christine Long Whatever your personal finance needs, there’s an app that can help you. Here are some of the most popular.

HER MONEY

What's up with women and money?

Health and fitness coach Wendy Bentley says she has learnt how to charge a fair rate for her time.

Nina Hendy Underpaid and a bit overwhelmed? There’s lots of help available.