Clancy Yeates Margin lending is growing for the first time since the stimulus-induced sharemarket surge of 2009, as investors seek to capitalise on record low interest rates and rising stock prices.
Clancy Yeates Australians are rushing to pay off their home loans faster than many households overseas, with half of all borrowers ahead of their mortgage repayment schedule.
First home buyers are locking in more fixed rate home loans than they were four years ago as arrears rates continue to improve.
Margin loans are still out of favour, more than three years after the global financial crisis (GFC) began, with fewer investors than ever inclined to use them - and those that do opting for much more...
Gareth Hutchens Banks could pull back from lending to new home owners after making losses on mortgages.
Clancy Yeates The number of people taking out home loans with non-bank lenders is creeping up.
By Lesley Parker Responsible lending laws may bring an end to these potentially predatory financial products.
By Barbara Drury Tapping into home equity may seem like an easy way to gain extra cash but mistakes can cost you dearly.
Clancy Yeates With interest rates staying at low, low levels for at least another two months, is now a good time to lock in a fixed-rate mortgage?
David Wilson If there is one thing that riles Australians more than the taxman, it's banks. Here are seven tell-tale signs it is time for you to stop being a doormat.
John Collett With a threat of mortgage interest rate rises in the near future, home buyers are asked to tread carefully.
Mark Bouris Here are my top tips to ensure first-time mortgage borrowers can secure a loan.
Residential real estate markets are running hot, with clearance rates at 90 per cent in Sydney and 80 per cent in Melbourne.
Mark Bouris Housing affordability for first home buyers is in the news, with properties in Sydney and Melbourne selling for more than many first-timers can afford.
John Collett With house prices on the move again, so too is talk of a house price bubble. Concern is mostly centred on Sydney, where prices are roaring back to life.
Penny Pryor Low interest rates are making it a lot easier for you to pay off your home loan.
David Potts The system is slanted towards buying a home, so if you can't beat it, why not join it?
Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon Paying down debt is pretty much the top strategy to building wealth; it's often even better than buying shares or investing in property.
Consumer borrowing in the US climbed in May by the most in a year as Americans put more purchases on their credit cards and took out more school and automobile loans.
Clancy Yeates Shoppers love a good price war. Whether it's bargain airfares or cheap milk at the supermarket, sudden outbreaks of competition benefit all consumers.