This week in banking news - Holiday debt, new Citi credit card offering, and Aussie property


Friday 23 August 2019

In this week’s banking recap, we take a look at current sentiment among Aussie homebuyers, Citi’s venture into the buy now, pay later market, and more.

Buckling under holiday credit card debt?

Ever thrown caution to the wind and booked a holiday without regard to how you’ll pay for it? You’re not alone. According to research from Experian, three in five Australians who use their credit card to cover holidays failed to pay it off upon returning home. Those aged 24-35 struggle with holiday debt the most, taking between one month and two years to pay off their balance.

Aussie gift-giving squeezing our wallets

Australia is a nation of gift-givers, but it turns out that our budgeting skills still need some work. A recent study by the Financial Planning Association of Australia found that Aussies are spending a massive $19.8 billion on gifts each year, with impromptu purchases making up almost three quarters of that figure.

Citi jumps on the pay now, pay later bandwagon

Citi Australia made waves this week when it announced it will be throwing its hat in the buy now, pay later ring. Anyone with a Citi credit card will now have the option to pay off purchases they make in instalments over 3, 12, 18 or 24 months. And in lieu of interest, customers will be charged a flat fee representing a percentage of the amount borrowed. This can range from 0.4% for a three month loan to 5% for 24 month loans. 

Motorists can now choose repairers

A recent ruling by the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) will allow motorists to use their preferred repairer as part of their insurance policy, rather than their provider’s choice of repairer. This comes after mounting complaints of under-repairs by insurance-approved workshops.

Westpac housing sentiment

Spring property season is upon us and homebuyer confidence is soaring, or at least that’s the takeaway from Westpac’s latest Housing Sentiment Survey. According to the findings, 51% of Australians are more optimistic about the property market than they were last year, with one in two respondents looking to finally make a purchase.

At the moment, conditions are proving quite favourable for anyone with sights on the property market. Interest rates are currently at record lows and auction clearance rates are improving. If you’re thinking about taking out a home loan be sure to visit our home loan comparison page, or check out some of the options below.

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