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CHRISTMAS ON CREDIT

Card sharps know how to pick 'em

You can get a good deal to help with the Christmas spending - but make sure you read  the fine print.

David Potts A card with no interest on new purchases for 15 months would be perfect for the Christmas shopping.

GETTING STARTED

It certainly doesn't feel like a boom

Buyers lose confidence: House prices fell everywhere last month, except in Brisbane where they were virtually stagnant.

David Potts The property market is gradually losing steam. Unless the economy picks up, it's in danger of petering out altogether.

The priceless debate: Will premium cards lift merchant fees?

Balancing act: There are pros and cons to premium credit cards.

Michelle Hutchison Recent incentives that invite credit card holders to upgrade their cards could run the risk of raising merchant fees.

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BORROWING

Lenders line up to sell loans online

Turning the lending process on its head: Murray Roach (pictured with his four-year-old daughter Olive) used a new website when buying his Narraweena home, that lets lenders bid for your loan so potential borrowers can choose the best mortgage for them.

David Potts A Sydney man will save almost $17,000 over the next five years after putting his mortgage out to tender.

WELL HEELED

Face up to home truths before kids switch schools

Do your homework: If you're starting to negotiate the tricky topic of where to send your kids to school there are a few options available.

Melissa Browne There's work ahead if you're planning to move house to be near a good school.

Negative gearing may go, but it's no reason to panic

Coinage: If and when the time comes, the impact will be in the detail.

Richard Livingston We've become addicted to negative gearing but if it were to go, we'd not miss it.

ASSET CHECK

Borrowers will be hung out to dry if rates rise

It won't be just the washing hung out to dry when interest rates arise.

Daryl Dixon The only strategies to cope with an increase in interest rates are to pay off loans quickly and ensure there is spare capacity to service debts.

Sunday Money Data Service

See how Australia's biggest listed companies performed this week

Sunday Money Data Service

See how Australia's biggest listed companies performed this week

TIP OF THE WEEK

There is a magic formula that turns bad debt into good

Move it and lose it: There are a number of strategies to reduce debt effectively and in some instances holding debt can make sense as a wealth creation strategy.

Allan McKeown You can use existing assets to transform money owed on credit cards.

CAR FUNDING

Check blind spots in car plans

Alycia Inglis has made $500 in a month by renting her under-utilised car to her neighbours.

Christine Long They're one of the largest purchases most people will make, so smart funding options and ways to recoup some of the outlay on your car are worth considering.

BOURIS ON MONEY

Time for a fresh look at credit cards

Cut it out: Get rid of your credit card debt in one easy snip.

Mark Bouris If you must have a credit card, then come up with a plan, look for a low rate, and clear the balance each month.

PROPERTY INVESTING

The only way is up for interest rates

Exposed: Many households will struggle when interest rates rise, with home loans and other consumer debt likely to put the heat on budgets.

JOHN COLLETT First time buyers should not make the mistake of thinking super-low interest rates are the new normal.

CREDIT CHECK

Free credit record not always easy to find

Hard to spot: Finding the free credit report you are entitled to may require a detailed search.

JOHN COLLETT Consumers are unhappy about how difficult it is to obtain the free copies of credit reports they are entitled to.

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Don't be misled over the deposit you need

Don't let LVR confusion crush your dreams of buying a  desired home.

Michelle Hutchison There's a lot of confusion for home buyers over advertised loan-to-value ratios.

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BOURIS ON MONEY

Home loan rates will rise – so be prepared

Going up: Ignoring rising interest rates is a big mistake.

Mark Bouris It’s worth having a plan for repaying a home loan at a higher interest rate than the rate at which you borrowed.

BOURIS ON MONEY

Buying well the key to long-term success

Subtle hint: RBA governor Glenn Stevens vaguely acknowledged property-price inflation but the cash rate stayed the same.

Mark Bouris Glenn Stevens' statement on interest rates was bland but should remind property investors that they must do their homework and invest wisely.

Smart investor

How experts take profits

Contrarian investor Simon Marais explains why he sold half his stake in a company that doubled in value.

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The hunt for industrial stocks which will become reliable wealth generators never ends at Perpetual.

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Market Movers

Total number of Rises
115
Total number of Falls
185
Total number of Steadies
77
Gainers 21-Nov-2014 18:50:02
CompanyPriceChange% Change
ACR1.280+0.23522.49
DTL0.735+0.08012.21
AJL0.820+0.0506.49
Losers
CompanyPriceChange% Change
CDD3.610-1.200-24.95
MYE0.300-0.050-14.29
CFU0.007-0.001-12.50
Total number of Rises
92
Total number of Falls
94
Total number of Steadies
135
Gainers 21-Nov-2014 18:50:02
CompanyPriceChange% Change
FTE0.004+0.00133.33
AUC0.026+0.00630.00
RFE0.013+0.00330.00
Losers
CompanyPriceChange% Change
ARW0.125-0.075-37.50
SYA0.002-0.001-33.33
RMP0.032-0.013-28.89

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