Don’t panic! No debt crisis despite cooling house prices

By | May 30th, 2016|Market Information|

Homeowners who have been worried by all the recent talk of a household debt crisis can breathe a sigh of relief. HSBC has published a paper which predicts that although the rise in Australian house prices will continue to slow into next year, a household debt crisis is unlikely. However, there is still a chance [...]

Hold the door Hodor! Winter is coming and so is the End of Financial Year (EOFY)!

By | May 26th, 2016|lifestyle, Loop Financial|

On top of some great EOFY tips this article is dark and full of Game of Thrones (GOT’s) crazy references, cheesy one liners and some pretty cool insights on how to get ready for what’s coming in true GOT’s style! If you haven’t already caught up on the latest GOT episode (Series 6, Episode 5), [...]

Get in the know about fuel prices to avoid getting ripped off

By | May 25th, 2016|lifestyle|

If you're a motorist, you have no doubt noticed how the fuel prices can mysteriously jump up by 20 cents or more in just a few days, before slowly returning to its original price. What's going on here? The wholesale cost isn't that erratic, so why can't retailers control their prices better? Well the truth [...]

Interest rates cut sparks first-time buyer frenzy in Melbourne

By | May 23rd, 2016|Banks & Finance, Market Information|

In case you missed it, we're talking about RBA's announcement the other week that they had cut interest rates from 2% to an all-time low of 1.75%. Real estate agents are reporting that this cut – the first we've seen in a year – has buyers splashing their cash like there's no tomorrow. “It’s pretty [...]

Budgeting for dummies: 4 simple steps

By | May 20th, 2016|Banks & Finance, lifestyle|

Budgeting is one of those things that we all know we SHOULD do, but somehow never find the time (or, let's be honest, the motivation) for. Well, we're here to give you a bit of a kick up the bum, because budgeting can be a really powerful tool to monitor your finances and help you [...]

What is a 30-minute city and will it ever happen?

By | May 18th, 2016|infrastructure|

Malcolm Turnbull has been getting very excited about the future of Australia's cities. Last month the Prime Minister announced a new "smart cities" plan which could see our cities transformed into urban and suburban utopias where your journey to work, home, the shops, and wherever else you need to be takes no longer than 30 [...]

Foreign buyers are ditching Victoria and NSW for Queensland

By | May 17th, 2016|Market Information|

Fickle foreign buyers seem to be losing interest in Sydney and Melbourne, with Brisbane having caught their attention instead. NAB has released its residential property index, revealing that foreign buyer interest in Australia's largest two housing markets, NSW and Victoria, is cooling off. The markets are, for now, being sustained by a promising sentiment among [...]

35 tips to save your hard earned cash

By | May 13th, 2016|lifestyle|

Have you noticed how the cost of living is on the rise at the moment? Money can give you the freedom to do and have the things you really love, but it can also feel like it's tying you down when you don't have enough of it. With the cost of so many everyday items [...]

The great Australian household debt problem

By | May 11th, 2016|Banks & Finance, Loop Financial|

Is there a colossal problem sneaking up on Australia? There's been a new leak of official information, which suggests Australia has been ignoring a problem that could have serious consequences for the country. According to the leaked report, Australian household debt was so high before the global financial crisis (GFC), there was likely to be [...]

What the May 2016 interest rate cut means to you and the Property Market

By | May 10th, 2016|Banks & Finance|

WOWZA! We have hit a new record! Yep today the Reserve Bank of Australia decided to cut the official 2% cash rate by 25 basis points to a new record low of 1.75%!! The RBA decided to react in response to low inflation figures and a strengthening Aussie dollar it tool many official forecasters and [...]

The Australian suburbs where nobody’s moving

By | May 9th, 2016|Market Information|

How many hours have you spent dreaming of your perfect home? The size, the layout, the colour scheme, the location… Well it turns out you might have to think again, because whether you're planning on living in the city, in the suburbs, or by the beach, there are some locations where all the money in [...]

Turns out the age you leave home can affect your future finances

By | May 6th, 2016|Banks & Finance, lifestyle|

The age at which you move away from home can have a massive impact on your wealth in the future, so don't be tempted to make any rash decisions or to stay with mum and dad forever! Aussies could find themselves out of pocket by a huge $185,000 if they don't time the move correctly, [...]

Yes, the 2016 Federal Budget affects you. Here’s how.

By | May 5th, 2016|Loop Financial|

The 2016 Federal Budget will have an impact on everyone's lives – whatever your age, income, or employment status – so take a look at how things are going to change for you. For first-time jobseekers Scott Morrison announced that the government is giving a helping hand to anyone struggling to find their first job, [...]

The Budget in #HASHTAGS – What it means in simple language

By | May 4th, 2016|Banks & Finance, Market Information, Politics|

Budget night has been and gone. But what does it mean to us, the average guy or girl in the street?  Politicians across the country hit the airwaves, print and internet to tell us in complex language that it's all ok.  But that made us even more confused on what it means for us, our [...]

Trump, politics, our trust and million dollar property knock downs

By | May 2nd, 2016|Politics|

A new poll has found that if Donald Trump gets elected as US president, it could be the beginning of the end of our special relationship – or at the very least it would warrant an "it's complicated" status. A whopping 45% of voters believe that if a president like Trump gets into office, Australia [...]