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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.

4 important upcoming business deadlines

Interested in a $10,000 business grant? How about buying a much-needed asset and immediately writing off the cost? Here are four looming deadlines your business may need to start moving on ASAP.

Wait, the bank can do that!?

Every now and then a bank does something that bucks the trend and takes customers by surprise. Today we’ll look at two cases that recently made national headlines and how you can reduce your chances of getting caught out.

Bank loyalty can cost existing borrowers: ACCC report

Loyalty is an admirable trait when it comes to our friends, family and loved ones. But if you’re extending that virtue to the banks, then there’s a good chance it’s costing you thousands of dollars.

Making the most of the instant asset write-off before the EOFY deadline

Two months and counting (down). That’s how long your business has to make use of the $150,000 instant asset write off before the end-of-financial-year June 30 deadline.

Got a spare pineapple? Pay off your mortgage faster

Reckon you could scrounge together an extra $50 each week to pay off your mortgage? If so, latest modelling shows the average household with a $400,000 loan could save $46,992 and pay off their home loan four years faster.

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