Banking

FINANCIAL LITERACY

Banking battle of the sexes

Rebecca Glenn Pioneering Australian study finds women tend to see their earnings as the "family money' and see a man's money as his own.

EXPERT ADVICE

Top tips for shift to thrift

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Alexandra Cain Want to save some money? Ask some people who know how - students, single parents and pensioners.

Bank Charges

Reforms no cap to ATM fees

Watch the cost: Using another bank's ATM could cost you.

John Collett When you take cash out from the hole in the wall, a little is still falling back into machine operators’ pockets.

THE NUMBERS YOU NEED

The numbers you need

It all adds up.

David Potts This week's essential figures.

What's the go with debt managers?

Your Questions dinkus

George Cochrane 'Debt solutions' all sound too good to be true. Are there other cheaper, safer options?

INSIGHT

Insurers are getting away with gouging

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Clancy Yeates Don't automatically pay your annual bill. Shop around for a better deal and start with your present insurer.

GETTING STARTED

Why we all need to give a damn about the less well off

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Penny Pryor Helping break the poverty trap for people with small interest-free loans, will benefit the whole country in the long run.

INSIGHT

Households' wealth all tied up in banks' fortunes

Clancy Yeates Bank bashing may be a favourite sport for many, but households have never had such a large portion of their wealth tied up in the industry.

What Mum taught me

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Sylvia Pennington These well-known Australians have done well, in part thanks to a mother who instilled basic money sense.

EDUCATION

Make school costs feasy peasy

John Collett It's that time of year again, when the children return to school and - for fee-paying students - their parents learn how much they'll be expected to cough up for the privilege.

INSIGHT

Light at the end of the tunnel for savers

Clancy Yeates You wouldn't guess it but almost two-thirds of households don't have a mortgage.

YOUNG MONEY

When kids make money

Chelsea and Chloe Hall.

Sylvia Pennington Talented kids can make a fair bit of money. But who is responsible for making their earnings grow?

ASK NOEL

Benefit to paying mortgage fortnightly

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Noel Whittaker It's a quick way to pay off the loan faster - and you probably won't even notice you're doing it.

BALANCE TRANSFERS

Forget loyalty - card switching can help you get on top of debt

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Christine Long Need some breathing space from heavy interest charges on your credit card debts? A balance transfer deal could be the answer.

GETTING STARTED

Interest news good for lenders, not so for savers

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David Potts Always one for jumping ahead of itself, the market has decided interest rates will rise next year.

INSIGHT

Home loan payments provide a buffer

Deal to the mortgage.

Clancy Yeates With interest rates at record lows, households are taking the chance to get ahead on their mortgages.

SECOND JOB

It's a handy little top-up

A handy little top-up.

Christine Long Feeling the pinch? Getting a bit on the side could be exactly the boost your bank account needs.

SAVING

Put fees back in your pocket

David Potts There are firms out there whose purpose is to help you claim back fees and commissions.

TRUSTS

Providing a bit of extra help

Jess Mangan and sisters

Kate Jones Every parent worries about their child's financial future. But what if your child is disabled and incapable of managing their finances?

INSIGHT

Service industries offer hope for jobs

Clancy Yeates Although jobs are being lost in fields like manufacturing, in other sectors they are being created.