Betty Liu

It's never too early to start building junior's nest egg

They say children are priceless but, as any parent knows, they sure do come at a cost. Parents always want the best for their children and that means everything from swathing them in organic cotton rompers to making sure they eat three square meals a day.

Sunday, 26 August, 2007, 12:00am

Finding a happy mix for that balanced life

Someone asked me the other day if my life was balanced. I tend to think of this as a trick question, because if you answer in the affirmative, you're not believed, and if you answer in the negative, you are invariably pitied. So I used the common avoidance tactic of answering the question with a question: 'What is a balanced life?'

5 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

How going green can save you money

Help the environment and balance your budget

Two things have happened recently that made me realise we are at the 'tipping point' of environmental awareness.

22 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Emotion a risky investment commodity

Money errors are more likely to happen when sentiment is involved

Last week two friends committed money errors that I have been imploring people to avoid.

One quit her job to pursue a new media-relations venture. The other paid a significant sum of money to an agent to help sell her proposal for a science fiction novel.

Spot the errors?

27 May 2007 - 12:00am

Women and money made for one another

Ignore the hackneyed gender cliches and take control of your financial destiny

I recently picked up a copy of personal finance guru Suze Orman's latest book, Women & Money.

6 May 2007 - 12:00am

There's no such thing as a common bond

Smarten up your portfolio and take a less volatile route to overall stability

22 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

How to survive stress of finding a new job

Five steps that will help people feeling miserable or bored with what they are doing set off on a fresh career path

Surveys show that finding a new job is one of the five leading forms of stress in our lives. So imagine how nerve-racking it is to actually find a new career.

25 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Bored with your job? Join the queue

A reader recently asked me for tips on how, and when, to switch careers. It's a question I've been asked a few times recently.

I've done a lot of research on this topic and would like to share with you some of the things I've learned.

4 Mar 2007 - 12:00am