Your financial health check

A simple financial health check is the first step to a successful year money-wise

Finance News

Budgeting in retirement

YOURLifeChoices no-nonsense financial planner Maurice Patane shares his advice on how to create realistic and achievable budget.

Income and asset tests

Granny flat rules

Lyn would like to build her daughter a ‘granny flat’ on her property, but isn’t sure how this will affect her part Age Pension.

Income and asset tests

Rent a room

YOURLifeChoices no-nonsense financial planner Maurice Patane answers Linda’s question about the effect renting out a room in her house will have on her pension.


CBA chased victims for money

The implication of Commonwealth Bank staff in a $100 million fraud was allegedly ignored by the banking giant, which instead decided to chase the victims for the return of the funds.


Reversing retirement

YourLifeChoices no-nonsense financial planner Maurice Patane answers Bruce’s question about returning to work post-retirement.

Banking & Investment

An alternative to shares

Is there an alternative investment option to shares?

Mortgage & home Loans

Unlocking equity

Our no-nonsense financial planner Maurice Patane answers Shirley’s questions about unlocking the equity in her home.


Super fees bite into balance

Three-quarters of Australians know their superannuation balance off the top of their heads, but half don’t know what fees they are paying, which is a costly error.

Banking & Investment

Share-based insurance bonds

Can you buy an investment product without consulting a financial planner?

Banking & Investment

How much will I pay?

Shaun would like to know how much a visit to a financial planner will cost.


New rules for financial planners

Craig Hall from NICRI clarifies the new rules for financial planners.

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