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  • SME Recovery Loan Scheme revamped to help more businesses

    More small and medium-sized businesses struggling to stay afloat due to the economic impacts of COVID will have access to cheaper funding after the federal government expanded the eligibility criteria for the SME Recovery Loan Scheme. The government is removing requirements for SMEs to have received JobKeeper during the March quarter of 2021, or to…

  • COVID hardship and grant options that could help you

    With the pandemic once again tightening its grip around many parts of Australia, today we’ll run you through hardship and grant options that could be available to you or your business. Setting all politics aside, it’s safe to say no one wants to be here. Yet here we are – this time with no JobKeeper…

  • New super laws: a timely reminder to check your life insurance policy

    What measures do you have in place to help protect your family home or business? If life insurance through your superannuation account is one of them, then it’s a good time to give it a quick review – especially if you work in a high-risk environment. We’ve all switched off mentally during those sombre daytime…

  • House price growth hits 17-year high, but is it slowing down?

    You’d have to go all the way back to the 2004 Athens Olympics to find a time when house price growth was faster than it has recently been. But latest data suggests the golden run has started to slow down. It’s no secret that house prices have reached record-breaking highs this past year. In fact, home values…

  • Cash flow tips for businesses thriving and surviving the pandemic

    Australia is a tale of two economies right now, depending on the state or sector your business is based in. Today we’ll run you through three cash flow tips for your business, whether it’s growing or struggling. Covid-19 has really brought a two-speed economy to the fore in Australia. For some businesses, the stop-start-stop nature…

  • Buy Now Pay Later users put on notice by credit agency

    Do you use a Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) service like Afterpay or Zip? If so, be warned that one leading credit agency has made a big change that means your BNPL data will go onto your credit report. BNPL transactions have risen rapidly over the past few years – so much so that they caught financial…

  • What’s the best day to auction your house?

    Drive or walk around your local suburb mid-morning on a Saturday and chances are you’ll pass a few freshly banged up ‘Auction’ signs. But is Saturday actually the best day to auction your home? New data suggests perhaps not. We all love a good auction story. You’ve probably got a mate or two whose favourite…

  • Need help paying your insurance and workers comp premiums this year?

    As if Australian business owners hadn’t faced enough challenges this past year – now the dreaded annual insurance and workers compensation premiums will soon arrive in mailboxes. Here’s how to smooth ‘em all out (and get an early bird discount!). If you’re a business owner, you know there’s no shortage of big bills you’ve got…

  • Green thumbs beware: one-third of veggie gardens contaminated with lead

    One of the most exciting things about moving into your own home is doing whatever you want with it, such as growing your own veggie patch. But did you know more than a third of Aussie backyards are contaminated with lead? Here’s how to get your soil tested for free. Gardening is a bit like…

  • How much extra will your mortgage cost when interest rates rise?

    After 18 straight RBA cash rate cuts it can be easy to dismiss the notion that interest rates might rise again. But if the cash rate returned to mid-2019 levels, how much extra would an average new mortgage holder expect to pay each month? Let’s take a look. They say what goes up, must come…