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  • Are your cashflow needs in order ahead of the summer trading season?

    The summer trading season poses a raft of tricky cashflow and stocking challenges for retailers at the best of times, let alone following a global pandemic slowdown. But if done well it can set your business up nicely for the good times ahead. Ahh summer, how we’ve longed for you – especially this year as…

  • How well has your salary kept up with house prices?

    You’ve probably noticed that house prices in Australia consistently outstrip growth in wages. But by how much? And what can you do to make sure you’re not forever chasing the great Australian dream? Each generation faces its own unique set of challenges (and opportunities!). And for the current crop, one big challenge can be breaking…

  • Think property prices will dip when rates rise? Don’t bet the house on it

    Whether you’re looking to buy, sell or hold, there’s a good chance you’ve wondered whether the property market will tumble when interest rates rise, right? Today we’ll look at what happened to house prices when interest rates were hiked in the past. Past performance does not predict future results – we’ve all heard that before.…

  • How to protect your business and your customers from scams

    When you pay a supplier or service provider, are you certain you’re paying the right account? You’ve got to be super careful these days, as scammers are compromising inboxes and requesting payments to a new account. Here’s how to protect your business and its customers. It’s Scams Awareness Week 2021, and over the past year…

  • Open banking is ramping up, so how are lenders using your data?

    Open banking is here and it’s charging full steam ahead. So just how are lenders and fintechs using your shared data in this brave, new, data-fuelled world? A new report has shed some interesting insights. With all that’s gone on over the past two years, one of the nation’s biggest banking overhauls in recent memory…

  • Wheels in motion: RBA paves the way for early cash rate rise

    Mortgage holders are facing a sooner-than-expected cash rate rise after the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) revised its outlook due to the economy bouncing back strongly from the Delta outbreak. So just how soon can we expect a rate rise? As widely predicted, the RBA on Tuesday kept the official cash rate at the record…

  • Netflix and too chill: house hunters cutting corners on inspections

    More than half of Australian house hunters spend the same amount of time inspecting a property as they do watching an episode on Netflix, according to new research. We get it. You see a house you like and you immediately want to buy it, warts and all. But take a breath, as FOMO can be…

  • Are you relying on a personal credit card for business expenses?

    We’ve all been guilty of the odd credit card mix-up from time to time – it happens! But if you’re consistently relying on a personal credit card to pay your business expenses – like 4-in-10 SME owners – then it’s probably time to explore other funding options. The past 18 months have been tough for…

  • Seismic shift: two major banks hike fixed interest rates

    Are the days of ultra-low fixed interest rates over? It’s looking increasingly so, with two major banks increasing their fixed rates this week. So if you’ve been thinking about fixing your mortgage lately, it could be time to consider doing so. Do you know how when one tectonic plate shifts, others around it soon follow?…

  • How 1-in-10 first home buyers cracked the market 4 years sooner

    Almost 33,000 Australians bought their first home four years sooner thanks to two federal government schemes that give first home buyers a leg up into the property market. Could you, or someone you know, be eligible? We love a feel-good news story around here. And hearing that so many first home buyers got a leg…