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Which credit card for you?

25 Jan 2010 | CHOICE reveals which providers are bucking this trend to treat their customers fairly.  More »

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How to choose a home loan

19 May 2008 | For some people, flexibility and peace of mind are important, and there are a range of home loan options that offer such benefits.   More »

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Reward cards review 2009

19 Mar 2009 | We analysed 63 reward credit and charge cards, looking at frequent flyer points, shopping vouchers and cash rewards.   More »

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Fast-track your mortgage

01 Mar 2008 | Extra repayments can have a huge effect. Our case studies were amazed at how modest extra payments could save tens of thousands in interest.  More »

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Reverse mortgages

02 Nov 2010 | Reverse mortgages target homeowners aged 60 and older who want to borrow money against the value of their property.   More »

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Risky home loans - what to avoid

05 Jan 2006 | With first homes averaging $430,000 and housing affordability at a record low, new types of loan may seem tempting — but are they safe?   More »

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Debt relief

20 Apr 2009 | Debt relief companies are reporting extreme cases of consumers carrying up to $400,000 in credit card debt on 50 separate credit cards.   More »

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Home loans: switch and save

02 Oct 2008 | The best savings were achieved by switching to a credit union or an online subsidiary of a major bank – and you can’t get any of those loans through mortgage brokers.   More »

A new credit reporting regime can lead to black marks appearing on your credit report and credit rating.

Protect your credit rating

10 Apr 2014 | A new credit reporting regime means if you pay your credit card or car loan more than five days late it’ll put a black mark on your credit rating.  More »

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Credit protection insurance sham

02 Mar 2009 | Our investigation concludes that credit protection insurance is a rip-off, as other options give you far better and cheaper cover.   More »

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A new credit reporting regime can lead to black marks appearing on your credit report and credit rating.

Protect your credit rating

10 Apr 2014 | A new credit reporting regime means if you pay your credit card or car loan more than five days late it’ll put a black mark on your credit rating.  More »

Save a deposit for your first home with a first home saver account

First home saver accounts

25 Feb 2014 | First home buyers have it harder than ever before. But a first home saver account can help you maximise your deposit.  More »

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Mortgage tips

25 Jun 2013 | We give you tips and advice for what you need to know before taking out a new mortgage or switching mortgages, and explain how your mortgage is funded.   More »

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Fretting about mortgage debt?

12 Apr 2013 | We look into the trend of a rising debt-to-income ratio in Australia. What's behind it, and what can you do to minimise your own mortgage debt?  More »

Excessive credit card surcharges

Crackdown on credit card surcharges

07 Mar 2013 | As of 18 March, surcharges applied to credit cards will be capped at a reasonable cost for the retailer.   More »

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Credit card ageism

15 Nov 2012 | In what appears to be a widespread pattern, self-funded retirees are having their credit card applications knocked back.   More »

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Consolidating your debt

22 Jun 2012 | By using a debt consolidation business you could end up paying more in the long run than you would dealing directly with the creditors.   More »

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19 Feb 2012 | While most of the institutions we visited do provide key fact sheets on their websites, overall it seems that bank staff have little or no idea the fact sheets even exist.  More »

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Refinancing your home loan

16 Sep 2011 | Switch and save and take a fresh look at the interest rates on your home loan. We take you through the basics and present some easy options to put you on the fast track to a better deal.  More »

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Inflated surcharges

09 Jun 2011 | Retailers are increasingly imposing surcharges on credit card transactions – but the RBA may finally be taking action.   More »

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