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Offset and redraw vs savings

Offset and redraw vs savings

Don’t be a Gomer Pyle! If you’re serious about saving for your future, and you’ve got a home loan, then offset and redraw accounts are, literally, more than twice as good as savings accounts. more

Are you getting paid less than your co-workers? Are you getting paid less than your co-workers?

Sometimes it just slips out and you realise with horror that a co-worker is on a very different pay rate than you. But what do you do next? We look at some of the options. more

The power of half The power of half

Could you live off 50 per cent of your salary? It might not be as hard as you think and the rewards could be substantial. more

Finance news

Asian economies will surpass US - report Asian economies will surpass US – report

The US could lose its standing as a superpower as Asian economies outstrip Nth America and Europe by 2030.

Opel to end car production in Germany

General Motors Co’s Opel unit says it plans to end car production at one plant in Germany in 2016.

Gold and silver rise

Gold and silver prices advanced ahead of the US Federal Reserve’s policy-setting meeting.

McDonald’s sales rise in November

McDonald’s says that a key sales figure rose in November.

$A higher on expectations of US stimulus
Small business hopeful for 2013 – MYOB
Standard Chartered to pay $327m
European stocks close mostly higher
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Home and property


  • Investment properties: Starting out Investment properties: Starting out

    When thinking of investing in property there are a few quite basic considerations you will need to plan around to get the most from your investment.

  • The end of a house price hiatus The end of a house price hiatus

    After 18 months of falls, house prices seem to have turned the corner in recent months. And with unemployment low and interest rates heading down, the outlook is favourable for more rises.

  • The art of the low offer The art of the low offer

    Learn the art of the low offer to get the very best value on your property purchase. Following these simple tips just might make that dream home affordable.

Managing money


  • Offset and redraw vs savings Offset and redraw vs savings

    Don’t be a Gomer Pyle! If you’re serious about saving for your future, and you’ve got a home loan, then offset and redraw accounts are, literally, more than twice as good as savings …

  • Are you getting paid less than your co-workers? Are you getting paid less than your co-workers?

    Sometimes it just slips out and you realise with horror that a co-worker is on a very different pay rate than you. But what do you do next? We look at some of the options.

  • Raising kids, the money dimension Raising kids, the money dimension

    As far as wealth destruction goes, kids rank alongside, maybe even above, cars as a money-sucking tool. Literally, they cost as much to service as a DeLorean time machine from “Back To The …

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Offers and deals


  • Offers and deals Offers and deals

    BigPond Money Offers, providing a select range of interesting and well priced offers from around the net.

Investing


  • Blue chips underpin modest growth Blue chips underpin modest growth

    Despite a higher dollar and tough business conditions, many Australian blue chips delivered solid earnings and higher dividends.

  • DIY super funds humble the majors DIY super funds humble the majors

    Self managed super funds have captured half of the growth sector superannuation market. With the returns from DIY funds closely matching those of the professionals, self managed funds are …

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Market data, shares and investing

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Market data


USD / AUD

USD / AUD

Key market stock indices

Key Stock Index Last Chng % Chng All Ordinaries Index 4562.37 6.52   0.14   S&P ASX 200 Index 4557.95 6.19   0.14   Dow Jones In. Avg. 13169.88 14.75   0.11   FTSE 100 5806.71 1.66   0.03   Nasdaq Comp. 3010.24 -1.79   -0.06   Hang Seng Index 22276.72 85.55   0.38   Nikkei 500 Index 824.11 -0.1   -0.01   As of 2012-12-11 09:50:00 (30min delay)

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Credit and loans


  • How do you use your credit card? How do you use your credit card?

    How you use plastic changes with time and while upgrading your card to suit is important, above all you should be honest with yourself about how you use your credit cards.

  • Fixed rate madness Fixed rate madness

    To fix or not to fix? That is indeed the ultimate home loan question. But it’s a question that can also induce panic, stress and general uncertainty.

Small business


  • Customers behaving badly Customers behaving badly

    While tradespeople have been trained in their trade, not all receive training in how to manage difficult customers while running a business. We look the options when customers behave badly.

  • Navigating investment channels Navigating investment channels

    Although securing investment has always posed challenges for SMEs, the tight economic climate has meant that the task is more daunting than ever.

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Economy in focus


  • What to do about the US currency war What to do about the US currency war

    The US has blatantly left Australia with a choice between inflation and an uncompetitive export sector. What to do? Well, we should put our high dollar to good long-term use.

  • Cash rate falls to 3 per cent Cash rate falls to 3 per cent

    As many commentators expected, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) Board has decided to reduce the cash rate by 25 basis points to 3.0 per cent.

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Calculators


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    Home loan calculator – Providing an estimate of how much you can borrow, taking into account income, family status, living expenses and interest rates.

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