News Archive for December 2023

December 2023

Most popular home loan types right now

3 most popular types of home loans right now

The latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows the value of new home loan commitments was up 5.4% in October 2023. That’s a lot of new mortgages to pay off, despite an expensive housing market and a hefty ton of RBA rate hikes.

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Customer loyalty rewards programs in australia

Top customer loyalty rewards programs in Australia for 2024

When it comes to getting a better deal, it can sometimes pay to be a loyal customer (not always, but sometimes). Many brands and retailers nowadays offer customer loyalty and rewards programs that Aussie shoppers can join to receive exclusive deals, discounts and other cool perks.

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Financial goal 2024 a better budget

Financial goal 2024: A better budget!

With the new year fast approaching, you’ve probably been thinking about what financial resolutions to adopt. While a lot of goals make sense, there’s one that you should consider as the foundational element—budgeting.

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House prices rose 55 in 2023 says proptrack

House prices rose 5.5% in 2023, says PropTrack

Interest rates who? According to property watchdog PropTrack – the research arm of – Australian housing values grew 5.5% throughout 2023, despite housing affordability plummeting to “its lowest level in decades.”

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Reserve bank interest rates

Happy Holidays from the RBA: no rate hike for December

After breaking the rate hold with a hike in November, the “data dependent” Reserve Bank of Australia has decided to leave the official cash rate on hold at 4.35% for December. For homeowners, this means there is no official rate hike for the holiday season.

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December 2023 financial checklist

December 2023 Financial Checklist

“In the summertime, baby, in the summertime – that is where I’ll be!” It’s officially summer, folks! Which means that office Christmas parties, family events, and other end-of-year festivities are well underway.

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Why you should think about a term deposit in 2024

Why you should think about a term deposit in 2024

As the year comes to a close and we reflect, some of us might be thinking about how we might better go about achieving our savings goals. You might not realise it but savings accounts aren’t the only tool in our financial belt.

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Dna testing moratorium feedback

Australia's genetic testing and life insurance: gov seeks feedback

The Australian government is calling for public input on the 2019 moratorium related to genetic testing in life insurance. This policy specifically prohibits insurers from requiring applicants to undergo genetic testing. Additionally, it restricts insurers from demanding you disclose the results of existing genetic test results for policies under specific coverage limits.

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