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Explained: Rent assistance

Explained: Rent assistance

Explained: Rent assistance

There are strict rules and limits relating to how much Rent Assistance you can receive.

Beware these holiday season scams

Beware these holiday season scams

Beware these holiday season scams

Scamwatch is warning people to be careful about being caught out by holiday season scams.

Where to stash nest egg?

Where to stash nest egg?

Where to stash nest egg?

Monica asks Noel Whittaker for feedback on how best to invest her nest egg.

Will rent plan create tax issues?

Will rent plan create tax issues?

Will rent plan create tax issues?

The implications for pensioner couple in renting out a spare bedroom.

Make their home your castle

Make their home your castle

Make their home your castle

Fancy taking care of someone else’s home? It could fast-track your savings.

How dividend plan could affect you

How dividend plan could affect you

How dividend plan could affect you

Tony Kaye explains the likely impact of the Labor Party’s plan on franking credits.

Superannuation

Plan to simplify retirement

The Federal Government wants to make it easier for people to understand retirement.

Making it easier

Super changes hurting members

Super fund members are the losers of policies providing concessions to the for-profit sector.

Super shame

The sting in your fund's tail

Shop around for better value, superannuation specialist urges.

Retirees 'fleeced'

Banking & Investment

Seven money secrets of the rich

Seven suggestions that can teach us a thing or two about the secrets of the wealthy.

How do they do it?

Major bank’s massive data leak

Massive data breach exposes sensitive medical details of bank customers.

Is your data safe?

How to avoid dividend dismay

InvestSMART warns: don’t put a high yield too far up your list of wants.

Which shares are best?

Credit Cards

Online shopping never riskier

Thieves steal almost $500 million in 2017 from bank cards used to shop online.

What can you do?

Aussies stung by credit card fees

Should you use a credit or debit card, or put your money in a pre-paid travel card?

Ripped off

The reason Aussies overspend

The decreasing reliance on cash is leading people to lose control of their finances.

Tap-and-go broke

Property

Is the ‘tree-change’ back in vogue?

There has been a surge in demand for properties located in ‘lifestyle’ regions.

Tree-change option

Easing tax load on beneficiaries

Noel Whittaker tells Jane how to organise her assets to minimise taxes on her death.

Ease the heirs’ tax load

How to limit issues after death

Brian has Powers of Attorney and pre-paid funerals on his mind.

All in the planning

Insurance

Aussies exit private health insurance

Many people are abandoning their private health insurance policies.

Get out quickly

How to bequeath life insurance

Patrick asks Rod Cunich for help on how to bequeath insurance on his wife’s life.

‘What should I know?’

The issue with insurance fine print

Government-mandated insurance disclosure doesn’t help make purchasing decisions.

Designed to confuse

Legal & General

How to deal with stepson’s query

Jane is the administrator of her husband’s will and asks Rod Cunich for guidance.

What are the rules?

Can I share legacy with siblings?

Lawyer Rod Cunich explains the ramifications of Jeff’s planned generosity.

Tax implications

Big brands marched to the bench

Finally, a watchdog with real bite chases makers of well-known products to court.

Cheating ways

Mortgage & Home Loans

Lending your child a helping hand

Younger people are finding it harder to break into the property market, but you can help.

You can help

Bank practice putting seniors at risk

Lenders to blame for the surging rates of mortgage stress.

Retirement risk

How to cope when rates rise

Noel Whittaker has a simple tip for managing your mortgage when rates rise again.

Managing the mortgage

Seniors Finance

Centrelink Q&A: Living overseas

Charles spent most of his working life in Australia but has chosen to retire overseas.

Pension pals

Franking credits could cost votes

A survey of older Aussies finds little support for closing the franking credits loophole.

ALP’s vote loser

Should this tax loophole be closed?

Labor’s unpopular franking credits policy has a new enemy.

Will you be affected?

Finance News

Explained: Rent assistance

There are strict rules and limits relating to how much Rent Assistance you can receive.

For the tenants

What are your rights to a refund?

Find out whether you’re entitled to a refund, repair or replacement.

Shop with confidence

Seven money secrets of the rich

Seven suggestions that can teach us a thing or two about the secrets of the wealthy.

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