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It’s on! First home loan deposit schemes open for applications

If you’d like to buy your first home with just a 5% deposit and pay no lenders mortgage insurance (LMI), then you better act quick, as thousands of first home buyers are expected to rush to apply for the limited spots up for grabs.

There’s an app for that

Let technology do the heavy lifting with these helpful business and personal tools. Video and podcast Content exploded in 2020, with technology making it accessible for every business from corporates down to sole traders to create entertaining and informative videos. As long as the audio is clear, consumers no longer expect high-end production values. In […]

New year, new you: 3 quick and easy finance resolutions

Whenever we think of New Year’s resolutions, the first thing that comes to mind is a health kick. But here are three (easy) New Year’s resolutions that’ll help improve your financial wellbeing in 2021.

Be careful of loading up on ‘buy now, pay later’ purchases this Xmas

‘Tis the season to be jolly, but it’s important not to get carried away when using ‘buy now, pay later’ providers to fund that festive spirit. That’s because one-in-five users struggle to make their repayments, new research has found.

How to identify (and beat) your spending triggers

Are you buying more to perk yourself up? You aren’t alone. Since the start of COVID-19, there’s been an increase in online shoppingi. But, if you want to get a handle on your add-to-cart habit, understanding why you spend money can help bring your purchasing patterns in line with your financial goals. We often talk […]

Australian house prices falling but worse to come

Average property prices across Australia’s capital cities fell for the third month in a row in July. The monthly fall, of 0.8%, means capital city prices have fallen 2% on average since their peak in April 2020i.  AMP Capital chief economist and head of investment strategy Dr Shane Oliver says average property prices rose by […]

4 ways to help prepare your finances for a recession

If you think storms may lie ahead, it makes sense to prepare your craft for choppy waters. With Australia facing continued economic uncertainty, it may be time to take stock of your finances and get in the right shape. First the good news. The Australian economy fared better in the first quarter of 2020 than […]

Why you should care about the new ‘Open Banking’ era

‘Open Banking’ is now officially upon us. But what does that mean and why should you care? Well, in a nutshell, it’ll be easier and quicker for you to get a better deal on banking products going forward.

Diversification – why it matters now more than ever

If you’re an investor (or considering becoming one), some essentials are important to know, and of these, few are more important than diversification. Diversification is a way of spreading the risk associated with investments, or more simply, not putting all your eggs into one basket. And while diversification is an investment fundamental, it’s when markets […]

So, who’s eligible for the $25,000 HomeBuilder scheme?

You might have heard that the federal government will give eligible Australians $25,000 to build or substantially renovate homes as part of the new HomeBuilder scheme. Today we’ll look at who exactly can qualify for the initiative.

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