Asking for a friend..... Trying to keep to the relevant details. For a while now my friend and his wife have been struggling (married 19 years, three kids, oldest 17, youngest 10). It all came to ahead two weeks ago and my friend left (was forced out?) the family home and went to stay with his parents. They are trying counseling and its early days I know but it isn't looking very positive and he would like some advice if the worst does happen..... [more inside]
I've recently acquired a small sum of money and I'd like to put it somewhere where I can't touch it, except in emergencies. It's not a massive amount, but its more than I usually have on hand and I'd rather not squander it. If I just leave it in my bank account I know I'll end up using it up. Where can I put it so that its aavailable in emergencies but is still hard to access? If it gains interest that would also be good. I'm in Australia.
I'm looking for moving/shipping companies to send a couple of boxes of books & clothes from Australia to the USA (as I'm relocating). While requesting quotes, one company strongly suggested that I hire them to pack my things for me as apparently US Customs get suspicious if the boxes were packed by the individual mover (me, in this case) rather than by a professional. I haven't seen this mentioned anywhere else and the US Customs website hasn't addressed this. What's going on? [more inside]
Is it possible to get any sort of loan or credit in Australia as a non-permanent resident? [more inside]
I'm an Australian citizen leaving Australia permanently. Can I withdraw anything from my superannuation? [more inside]
A coin a year, but the mint isn't sweet. [more inside]
Paul Keating recently said that the people running the banks in Australia were 'counterhoppers'. What did he mean? [more inside]
What should I do in addition to super to have any hope of retiring several decades from now? [more inside]