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Let's face it: as a general populace, we aren't great at managing money. But it's no wonder why: From taxes to investing to debt-busting, there's a lot that goes into financial planning. And while we're all for learning to do it yourself, there are a number of reasons you'd enlist the help of an advisor. Here's when you might need one, where to find one, and how to make sure you pick one that meets your needs.


A higher salary will do more for your finances than pinching pennies ever will. However, if you don't learn to be frugal with a little bit of money, you'll probably end up with the same financial issues when you start earning more. Or, as financial author Patrice C. Washington puts it, "how you manage $100 is likely how you'll manage $100,000."

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.


The popular US finance app Acorns is now available in Australia. Like the nut it is named after, the app takes something small -- your leftover change -- and attempts to grow it into something much bigger. This is achieved by automatically investing the money into a diversified portfolio of exchange traded funds (ETFs) whenever you make an online purchase. Here's how it works.


We've said it before: money has a lot to do with mindset. When your money is harder to access (it's illiquid), you're less prone to, well, access it. That much is obvious, but according to a study published in the US National Bureau of Economic Research, most people know this, and that illiquidity actually inspires saving.


Years ago, I vowed to learn everything I could about investing in one afternoon. It seemed like so much information, but I figured if I just studied up on it, I could figure it out. It didn't work. You know what finally did help me learn about investing? Just getting started. All it takes is one step.


When people decide to improve their financial habits and start saving money, they're often motivated by a temporary money crunch. Maybe you lost your job or are facing some unexpected bills, but after the crisis passes, how do you get your newfound sense of financial responsibility to stick?


Dear Lifehacker, If I were renting an apartment or house and I want to supplement my income, what's the rule on sub-letting a room or car spot? Is it illegal to put the property on AirBnB, or just frowned upon by the owner? What's a polite way of asking for permission?


20 years ago, the average size of an Australian home loan was under $100,000. Ten years before that, it was under $40,000. Nowadays, you're looking at a lot more. This interactive graphic from the guys at Finder breaks down average home loan figures for each state and territory; from 1975 to 2015.


Determining Australia's economic health can be pretty difficult for the layman -- with gloomy economist forecasts, dubious government spin and constant mud-flinging in Parliament, the overall picture is never crystal clear. Thankfully, our chums over at Business Insider have produced some graphs on the topic -- and the outlook is rosier than you might think.