Banking Institutions

From hard rubbish to home beautiful

Stephen Crafti There's money to be made from old oil cans, workbenches and cinema seats thanks to industrial chic, a decorating trend which is moving from inner city cafes to a home near you.

YOUR QUESTIONS

Where's the best place to put a redundancy payout?

What's the best way to use a redundancy payout?

George Cochrane It’s a nice problem to have - looking for somewhere to park a $70,000 redundancy payout.

YOUR QUESTIONS

What to do with a term deposit

George Cochrane The rate is quite good now - but it's not going to last.

BLOWING IT

Gambling on our future: are Australians financially reckless?

History lesson: The traditional

David Wilson As a nation we love to bet and, for too many of us, gambling infects the way we manage our finances as well.

COMING UP FOR AIR

Many ways to escape debt spiral

Simple solution: Curb your spending by cutting up your credit cards.

Christine Long Want to get out of debt? Here's how to do it.

BOURIS ON MONEY

Housekeeping now will pay off later

Mark Bouris dinkus.

Mark Bouris Tidying up your finances can make a huge difference in the year to come - and beyond.

HIP POCKET

Rates down - but who will benefit?

John Collett

John Collett There are winners and losers from the RBA's decision to cut interest rates.

INSIGHT

Oil price fall is good news for households

Good news at the bowser - and elsewhere.

Clancy Yeates Don't let the gloomy sharemarket reaction to tumbling oil prices fool you into thinking it is all bad news for the economy. It ain't so.

MONEY SWAP

Bitcoin can help travellers cut costs of foreign exchange

Risky business: The digital currency bitcoin is still in its infancy which leaves it vulnerable to malicious users.

David Wilson If you want to move cash cross-border in a hurry, bitcoin could be a way around brutal online banking charges and it's as easy as sending an email from your smartphone.

HEALTHY WEALTH

The five-day money detox that saves $5000

Fiscal workout: Now is the time to get your finances into shape.

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon This (almost) painless Dollar Detox can transform your financial flab into fab in 2015.

MAKING MONEY

Is this the world's worst fake note?

The fake £20 note that fooled a Manchester shopkeeper.

David Barrett Police conceal identity of shopkeeper taken in by counterfeit £20 note made of two photocopies stapled together

FRAUD

Eight things your bank would never ask you

Watch out - there's plenty of crooks about.

Pretending to be from your bank is one way scammers try to gain your trust - and your money. But they ask questions the real banks never would.

Comments 35

SUMMERTIME BLUES

Holiday care can be a headache

Summer holiday fun can involve substantial cost.

Sylvia Pennington Some parents have to outlay three and four figure sums to have their kids looked after while they go back to work.

EMOTIONAL RESCUE

The emotional effects of Christmas shopping and curbing over spending

Me too: Be careful you don't come back from Christmas shopping with more gifts for yourself than anyone else.

Christine Long It's that time of year again. Time for us to head out there and spend, spend spend. But for too many of us, a lot of that spending is on ourselves.

Race to the bottom between dollar and rates

Tumblers: The new year could bring a lower dollar or lower interest rates, or both.

David Potts The new year might not be so happy considering economic growth has more than halved. That's not enough to generate jobs.

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.

PLANNING AHEAD

The numbers you really need

NUMBERS  AFR  990518 PIC BY VIRGINIA STAR.  Saved In News  990521.  Generic Pic Of The Numbers One Two Three Four Childrens Numbers Internet  Shopping Finance Toys Debt Budget   1234  1 2 3 4
***afrphotos.com***

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.

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.

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.

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.