Banking

A Pig Gave me a Fridge Magnet!

The other day my son came home and announced he’d received a ‘present’ … from a stranger at the local park. “A pig gave me a fridge magnet!” he squealed (as only a five-year-old can). His younger brother picked up on the excitement and lunged for the prize. And then...

Insurance

Single Mum Slays a Dragon

Last weekend I ruined a man’s breakfast. True dinks. It all began when I answered a question from Louise in last week’s newspaper. Here’s a recap: Louise read my book, went on a Date Night (by herself!), and dutifully checked her bank statement. She found that she was being whacked...

Banking

What The Royal Commission Means For You

This column was supposed to be a rip-snorter. See, Monday — when the findings of the Hayne Royal Commission were released — was like Grand Final Day for me … I (almost) got more airplay than Kerri-Anne Kennerley. Not only was it the biggest news item of the week, it...

Banking

My thoughts on The Royal Commission

Sir John Barnard was by all accounts a ripping bloke. He was one of the first officials to fearlessly take on the finance industry, and ask a simple question: “How do we stop these greedy finance bastards from ripping us off?” His answer was to pass investor protection laws, which...

Banking

Lock ‘Em Up!

Here’s something shocking that I learned about this week. Apparently there’s been a spate of violent home invasions in which young thugs have been terrorising vulnerable pensioners, and it’s been going on for years. In fact, one young thug was caught stealing $120 from a little old lady. And when...

Banking

If you’ve got an ING card, read this

The other day, ING sent me a mass-marketing email with the subject line: “Scott, refer a friend and you can both get $100.” Now, given that my book recommends setting up a couple of ING accounts … And given that my book has sold over 500,000 copies … And given...

Kids and money

The revolution starts with you

The Commonwealth Bank is under fire (again). This time it’s because CHOICE magazine called for the CBA’s Dollarmites school banking program to be banned. (For the record, I’ve been banging on about this issue for the best part of a decade, including two years ago when I fronted a Senate...

Banking

If you were a drug dealer, how would you want to be paid?

If you were a drug dealer, how do you think you’d want to be paid? PayPal? No. PayWave? Well, no. You’d want to be paid in cold, hard cash. And if you were ‘Breaking Bad’ big, you’d only want to deal in $100 notes — anything smaller would be too...

Family and legacy

Do this for your Dad

Saturday at our house is father-and-son day. Usually that means running around chasing chooks, manhandling the sheepdog, and getting as dirty as possible. However, when our house burned down (a couple of years ago) we found ourselves holed up temporarily in the city — so I was forced to improvise....

Family and legacy

Who taught you about money?

Right now I’m on holidays with my family in Bali. The last time Liz and I were here, we were newlyweds without a care in the world. I’d romantically feed her strawberries and we’d laze by the pool, armed only with our bathers, towels and a frosty beer. “Tapas?” Liz...

Banking

Barefoot’s Best Banking Deals

It looks increasingly like the Government doesn’t have the ticker to beat the banks. Well, bugger it, let’s have our own Royal Commission into banking misconduct. Let me grab my gavel and my girly wig. The Court is in session, the dishonourable Judge Barefoot presiding. Order, Order, Order… Best Everyday...

Banking

Why Your Bank is Lying to You

Malcolm, I feel for you, brother. On Wednesday, after the banks behaved like brats by not passing on all of the Reserve Bank’s rate cut, the Prime Minister held a press conference. He said — essentially word for word — the same things I say to my toddler each night...