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THE MOTLEY FOOL

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

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.

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?

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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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.

PROBLEM SOLVING

How to make complaining work

Complaints.   Man yelling over the telephone.

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

GOOD ADVICE

Need a reliable financial adviser? Do your homework and look online

John Collett There are reliable financial financial advisers out there. You just need to know where to look, writes John Collett.

GOOD ADVICE

Independent investors to pay a FOFA price

Alter the rules: Rearrange the costs.

Richard Livingston If you’re seeking genuine advice on your terms you will pay the price for the failure of the Coalition's FOFA changes..

INSIGHT

Belts tighten as pay rises grind to a halt

Clancy Yeates Slow wage growth and a rising unemployment rate show how soft things are in the labour market.

WELL-HEELED

Celebrate too soon and you'll blow it

Party plan: A good festive season strategy for your finances will give you something to celebrate come January 1.

Melissa Browne Don't spoil your good work this year by splurging over the festive season.

BOURIS ON MONEY

Summer - time for a good think

Mark Bouris dinkus.

Mark Bouris The holidays are a good time to engage in some planning for 2015: the things you’d change, the things you’d do the same.

YOUR QUESTIONS

Plan ahead, but not too far ahead

Plan ahead: But not too far ahead.

George Cochrane We have two kids, a home, plus rental properties in the CBD and the suburbs. We have plenty of ideas for the future, but which one is best?

YOUR QUESTIONS

Sharing with sister is too taxing

Sister act: Can I just transfer my half of the house to my sister? I'd rather give her $450 a year than the state revenue office!

George Cochrane We own equal shares in a house. What happens if I give her my half?

YOUR QUESTIONS

Careful planning needed to have a good lifestyle in retirement

Golden years: Those planning to retire hope their income will allow them a lifestyle of leisure.

George Cochrane The goal is a retirement unit, but the money keeps going elsewhere. What's the best plan?

TIP OF THE WEEK

Turn your money into a family business

Making cents: Managing your personal finances well can help you achieve many goals.

Catherine Robson Cash flow is key to a good business but in our private lives many of us have little idea about where our money goes.

PLANNING

Imagine there's no councils. It's easy if you try

Out with the old: We need to rethink how councils can be run.

Gareth Hutchens A United States model could radically change local government as we know it.

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BOURIS ON MONEY

Sometimes the personal touch is best

Mark Bouris dinkus.

Mark Bouris For most people there's still a divide between the ease of technology and the need for advice.

property

Crack the property valuation code

Do the work: Mark Kelman's best tip for property investors is to thoroughly research the value of properties.

Christine Long How can investors improve their chances of getting a valuation that lets them buy what they want?

PLEASE YOURSELF

Clearing financial hurdles of the single life

Party of one: Gretchen Alt-Cooper is a self employed accountant/company director and has been a single parent for many years.

Barbara Drury Singletons are on the rise. But there's a financial downside to independence. Follow these tips to avoid the poverty trap later in life.

RETIREMENT

Golden years not so golden

Nest egg: Many older workers are left out of pocket in retirement when their working lives are cut short.

John Collett Retirees are living longer than ever, yet many have their retirement saving plans derailed by unplanned redundancy or illness.

YOUR QUESTIONS

How much can we give away?

Gifting: What happens to your pension entitlement if you lend money, or give it away to relatives?

George Cochrane What would Centrelink's reaction be if we gave or loaned money to relatives. How much would it affect our pension?