The Road to Recovery

My wife slammed the door and said: “You need to go and see someone.” It was almost three months to the day after our house burned when things started to fall apart. See, the world had moved on, but we...

Greetings from fire-affected Cudgewa

I raised my hand to volunteer as a financial counsellor in fire-affected regions … and promptly had it slapped down. “Are you mad?”, she said. I was standing in front of the woman who was in charge of deploying financial...

Family and legacy

Dead Broke in a Beamer

Christmas came early for my kids this year … Daddy finally got a job. (Well, to be accurate, 220 hours of community service as part of my Financial Counselling qualification.) On my first day, the three of them surprised me...

Banking

Ground zero of the mortgage crisis

Let me take you to ground zero of the mortgage crisis. Right now the National Debt Helpline (1800 007 007) is receiving so many calls that they’re at breaking point. The helpline refers people in the most dire situations on...