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 …

Best mortgage reduction strategies

In the current economic environment just about the best financial strategy for anyone would be to try and pay down their mortgage as soon as possible. Once rates start going up this will be far harder to achieve than today. However not everyone is in a good financial position. It may be that you are …

Paying too much for your credit cards?

If you think that the credit card companies are charging outrageous interest rates on your outstanding credit card debt, you are not alone. A recent  Senate inquiry into credit cards  has confirmed what most of us already knew – that providers are exploiting consumer disinterest  to keep interest rates significantly higher than they need to be. This damning …

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 …