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26/12/2018

How much does it cost to own a pet?

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We thought we’d have a little fun this week and look at how much it costs the average Aussie family to own a pet. After all, two in three households have one and very few budget for them! Let’s be honest, owning a pet goes hand-in-hand with the great Australian dream of property ownership. So Read More

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20/12/2018

Season’s Greetings! Wishing you a prosperous 2019!

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Didn’t 2018 just fly by? And what a year it was too! The RBA left the official cash rate on hold at 1.5% throughout the entire year – but that didn’t stop the banks sneaking in the odd rate rise of their own. APRA cracked down on the banks to tighten their lending standards – Read More

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19/12/2018

Buy now, pay later schemes putting young shoppers at debt risk

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One in six customers who use payment methods such as After pay and Zip Pay run into financial strife – and ASIC is putting the ‘buy now, pay later’ industry under the spotlight. ASIC’s first review of this evolving market finds that buy now pay later arrangements are having a negative impact on spending habits, Read More

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17/12/2018

6 Christmas tips to help you save this silly season

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Most of us roll our eyes when we start seeing shopping centres spruik Christmas merchandise in November. While it’s important not to get caught up in the festivities too early, now’s actually a great time to start prepping to ensure a budget blow-out doesn’t derail your mortgage repayments over the silly season. The best bit? Read More

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13/12/2018

Don’t dive into credit card debt this Christmas

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Every Christmas almost half of the Australian population decides to go swimming in credit card debt to get through the festive season. But there’s two big reasons why you shouldn’t do that this year. Bad news: new data from St George bank shows that 46% of Australians haven’t saved up for Christmas gifts and need Read More

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Bank wanted mortgage broking fees transferred to customers

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A big four bank almost overhauled its broker remuneration model so that the cost of mortgage broking services would be transferred to the customer, the royal commission heard. Here’s how to prevent that from happening. The Royal Commission recently revealed that back in 2017 the Commonwealth Bank planned to replace commissions paid to mortgage brokers Read More

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03/12/2018

Stress tested your home loan recently? Don’t stress

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Seven in 10 Australian mortgage holders have not stress tested their home loan. But don’t stress, it’s much easier to do than you think. Deloitte Access Economics’ latest report makes for pretty interesting reading. It turns out the average Australian has a “wide-ranging hesitancy to make any sort of change” when it comes to their mortgages and Read More

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