Do not get “snowed under” this Christmas

Its hard to believe but we are only weeks away from Christmas. The “Silly Season” that all too often finds unprepared revelers deep in debt at the commencement of the new year. If you are one of these people who leaves Christmas shopping to the last minute and buys presents “emotionally” rather than “financially” – this article is …

The positive side of credit reporting

If you are over 18 and have ever applied for any form of credit then you have a credit record. This can occur seamlessly and without you realizing it. Your credit record may be of little interest to you until you decide to apply for some form of finance. Worse still, you may be in the …

A loan guarantor will not solve all borrowing problems

It is true that often borrowers are able to breach the gap between their borrowing needs and the loan qualification criteria of lenders, by using a loan guarantor. However guarantors can only be helpful in some borrowing situations, while in others they can either add nothing to a transaction, or perhaps not even be allowed to …

To fix or not to fix – that is the question !

Home buyers are very confused, and who could blame them? While the RBA seems to stick with a strategy to keep interest rates low in order to  help the Australian economy find its feet, the banks have commenced rate increases of their own. These increases are no longer aimed at discouraging excessive speculation in the Australian …

Credit repair is not what it seems to be

Given the intense regulation of all financial product marketing in Australia I continue to be surprised at what “is allowed” when it comes to promoting credit repair services. Advertisements promise to wash away your bad credit, creating the impression that all you need is to take up the offered service and your bad credit will be …

Getting your financial house in order

While smart financial management is something most of us aspire to, in our experience few people actually get there. First of all, analyzing ones financial situation and charting out a wise financial course is not terribly exciting as well as time consuming. Therefore as with other non-essential decisions to our day-to-day existence, they are often …

Do’s and Don’ts of borrowing

Unfortunately not having an adequate understanding of the Australian credit system and the basic mistakes that can easily be made by the unwary, has led many individuals down the path of excessive, unaffordable debts, and impaired credit history. This information is not really taught in schools. Those of us whole parents are good financial managers will …

Credit options after bankruptcy

We often speak to individuals who have recently been discharged from bankruptcy and who are looking to borrow some money either in the way of an unsecured personal loan, a car loan or a home loan. Unfortunately your bad credit stays with you even beyond bankruptcy discharge and will affect your ability to borrow for …