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.

CAR FUNDING

Check blind spots in car plans

Christine Long They're one of the largest purchases most people will make, so smart funding options and ways to recoup some of the outlay on your car are worth considering.

SPEND, SPEND, SPEND

Can't stop, must shop

Online shopping

Nina Hendy They say our land abounds in retail strips but the ease of online shopping is turning some of us into addicts.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Coffee won't cut it, you need to think big

Scott Phillips Forgoing a few lattes is not enough to turn your financial fortunes around.

VIRTUAL MONEY

Bit by bit, bitcoin is gaining currency

David Potts With bitcoin you can now buy a round of drinks at the local pub or even a Virgin Galactic flight into space.

TIP OF THE WEEK

Eight's the age to get to grips with saving

Young boy counting his change against a white background cHILD SHOWN COUNTING MONEY

Olivia Maragna Healthy financial habits can be taught young and should last a lifetime.

DISPOSABLE INCOME

Money to burn has a rich history

David Wilson From impoverished Germans to prank-playing rock stars, burning money has a long, strange and possibly tax-deductible history.

GETTING STARTED

The strange case of the mising millions that grew

No strings attached: Once in a while a windfall can come from an unexpected source.

David Potts So rare is it that a government does you a favour unless there's a vote in it, I just have to tell you about the one time it has.

PLANNING AHEAD

The numbers you really need

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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.

SAVINGS

Simple saving solutions

Mark Bouris dinkus.

Mark Bouris Having got your taxes done start thinking about making your money work for you.

SHOPPING

Eftpos a deal breaker for many shoppers

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Michelle Hutchison More than one in four Australians would walk out of a shop and never return if they couldn’t pay for the goods with their card

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HOLIDAY MONEY

$A's high times almost done

Seize the day: Overnight, the currency fell as low as 92.81 US cents, its weakest level since June 5.

John Collett Analysts expect the Australian dollar to fall against the greenback and pound.

Hard times for savers as rates set to tumble

David Potts dinkus.

David Potts With an official rate of minus 0.1 per cent in Europe, there is a lot of foreign money washing through our economy.

Your food, your dollars

Can be done: Leanne Hindley and family do well of a $120 weekly food budget.

Nina Hendy Big grocery savings can be made if you plan what you need and know where to shop.

THE NUMBERS YOU NEED

The numbers you need

David Potts Some vital statistics.

IS MONEY HISTORY?

Not everyone's set for the big sign-off

Security: The switch to PIN verification will decrease the chances of card fraud.

Christine Long From Friday you'll need to know what your PIN is, but thousands of Autralians don't.

HISTORY OF MONEY

The lost world of the cheque

 

James Cockington Fifty years ago, when PINs held your hat on, cheques were the heart of the banking system and a handy leaflet helped youngsters learn how to use them

EXPERT ADVICE

Top tips for shift to thrift

saving

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

The life story of a cheque

Fifty years ago cheques were a cornerstone of the banking system, and it was important to know how to use them.

THE NUMBERS YOU NEED

The numbers you need

It all adds up.

David Potts This week's essential figures.