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Where to find free financial advice

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There is a surprising amount of free financial advice available to consumers.

Did you know, for example, that the Department of Human Services' financial information service offers free financial seminars?

The service aims to provide consumers with useful and unbiased information on money management.

The seminars are available in every state, so check the Human Services website to find your closest location.

It doesn't matter if you're starting out, planning your retirement or already retired, the seminars cater for all walks of life.

Topics include money management, borrowing to invest, retrenchment, property and share investing.

If you belong to a super fund, your membership includes limited free financial advice.

General advice is free and offered by all super funds, so if you can't quite get your head around some aspect of super it could be worthwhile calling your fund and asking for more information.

Super funds also often run free seminars for members so it is worth checking with your fund what might be coming up.

If you want to understand shares, options, warrants or ETFs the ASX offers a number of free online tutorials and often runs seminars and webinars you can attend. Find out more on the ASX website.

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Steph Nash was a staff writer at Money until 2017.
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