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ASIC provides tips for financial resolutions

January 15, 2018

The financial services regulator is encouraging Australians to start the new year by setting financial goals, listing five tips to help achieve the feat. According to ASIC’s senior executive leader for financial capability, Laura Higgins, one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is for people to “take control” of their money. However, Ms Higgins highlighted that […]

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2018 to be ‘Year of the First Home Buyer’ in Perth

January 15, 2018

The approaching year in Perth and Western Australia is being heralded as one to be extremely favourable for first home buyers and anyone looking to purchase property. According to Shane Kempton, chief operations officer of Professionals Real Estate Group in WA and Northern Territory, a combination of low rates, a rising economy and cheap property will […]

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Bank of Mum and Dad is fifth largest lender in Oz

December 16, 2017

A new member has officially joined the Big Four, becoming Australia’s fifth largest bank, according to Douglas Driscoll, CEO of Starr Partners. “I’m talking about the Bank of Mum and Dad,” he said. “We are encouraging first-home buyers to enter the market, but with escalating prices, it is more difficult than ever.” Lenders are generally […]

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Tic:Toc to undercut broker distribution in white label play

December 16, 2017

Mortgage brokers are facing a double threat from online lender Tic:Toc, which is seeing a surge in demand from consumers and interest from banks and non-bank lenders looking for cheaper distribution. Tic:Toc promotes its quick turnaround times and convenience. The group only offers its own branded mortgages, which it says can be approved within 22 […]

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Government to implement faster payment terms for SMEs

December 5, 2017

The federal government has announced that it will implement 15-business-day payment terms for small business providers in response to a Payment Times and Practices Inquiry. The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) released a report in April which noted that “late repayments have been a perennial problem in Australia”. The government’s decision to […]

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Interest-only mortgage borrowers in hot water as data shows less financial responsibility

December 5, 2017

Pressure is mounting on interest-only mortgage borrowers as new research shows they tend to be poorer money managers and present as “risk flags” to financial institutions. An apparent propensity to spend their way further into debt and forgo savings when faced with higher costs, and an increased tendency to sell their property if interest rates […]

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The simple household jobs we don’t know how to do anymore….

November 27, 2017

The simple household jobs we don’t know how to do anymore….Question: How many Millennials does it take to change a light bulb? Answer: None – that’s what outsourcing is for. OK, so that’s a gross generalisation, but if statistics are to be believed, the joke is not that far from the truth. A recent survey, […]

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Forgotten but not gone: Australia’s creepiest abandoned buildings

November 13, 2017

once thriving theatre filled with lights and music is now silent and dark, its velvet curtain rotting and the ornate ceiling covered in filth. A department store where thousands of shoppers came to browse is now empty but for a few broken mannequins and motionless escalators. Hundreds of prison cells plastered with posters, letters and […]

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Inappropriate finance most common broker complaint

October 24, 2017

The most common consumer complaint against mortgage brokers relates to inappropriate finance and responsible lending, a new industry report has found. In the latest Credit Industry Ombudsman (CIO) Annual Report on Operations, around 360 complaints were received about brokers and aggregators in the 2016/17 financial year. This accounted for 6.1% of the almost 5,900 complaints brought […]

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Spending plunge may dent economic growth

October 11, 2017

The sharpest fall in retail spending in more than four years has cast doubt on the Reserve Bank’s economic growth forecasts and adds weight to expectations for a long run of unchanged interest rates. Retail turnover plunged 0.6 per cent to $25.9 billion in August, missing market expectations of a rise from July of 0.3 per […]

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