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The fix is in and borrowers can beat the banks

JOHN COLLETT It is usually never a good idea to bet against our big banks, except maybe when it comes to fixing your mortgage.


Rates may fall further before rebounding

When rates do bounce back, they probably won't rise sharply.

CLANCY YEATES Most economists reckon rates are likely to stay at their record low of 2.5 per cent for several months more, and could even fall further.

Why it doesn’t matter how much you spend this Christmas

Spendup: Christmas shoppers on Sydney streets.

Michelle Hutchison This season's big question is not how much you plan to spend but how you plan to repay your debt.


Peer-to-peer lender lets you name your own deposit rate

The rating game: RateSetter calls itself the first peer-to-peer lender or P2P but don't let that put you off.

David Potts It would be good if you can set your own deposit rate. Wait – you can.


Size matters when it comes to defaulting

When good debts go bad: If you have a high loan-to-valuation ratio, it's worth taking extra care with your mortgage payments.

CLANCY YEATES Which borrowers are most likely to fall behind on their mortgage payments?


What Murray means for you and your wealth

Visionary reforms: David Murray, whose inquiry into the financial system leaves many questions unanswered.

David Potts For all the financial system report's visionary reforms, it's hard to nail down exactly what they are.

Sunday Money Data Service


See how Australia's biggest listed companies performed this week


Big mortgages claiming scary bite out of household income

Squeezed: Household debt is back to near record highs.

CLANCY YEATES If you thought the global financial crisis had killed off Australians’ penchant for big mortgages, think again.


How to avoid a dud real estate agent

Make or break: Your real estate agent could either lose you thousands or put thousands back into your pocket.

Emily Chantiri Getting the right agent can be a big part of a successful property adventure.


Turning your beach house dreams into littoral reality

Sea change: Think carefully about buying that dream beach house that you won't get to visit often enough.

Melissa Browne What can you do to ensure buying by the ocean doesn't leave you all at sea?

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


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.


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.


Sunday Money Data Service

See how Australia's biggest listed companies performed this week


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.


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.


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.

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How experts take profits

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

Where to find cash cows

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

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Each week financial advisor and international best selling author, Noel Whittaker, answers your questions. Ask an Expert

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