Interest Rates

Insight: Savings interest rates

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Clancy Yeates Hundreds of billions of dollars have poured into high-interest deposit accounts since the global financial crisis, as savers exploited the relatively strong interest rates.


The strange case of the mising millions that grew

No strings attached: Once in a while a windfall can come from an unexpected source.

David Potts So rare is it that a government does you a favour unless there's a vote in it, I just have to tell you about the one time it has.


The numbers you really need

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Barbara Drury If your finances are a blur and you experience constant pain in your hip pocket, then it's not a health check you need but a wealth check.


Simple saving solutions

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Mark Bouris Having got your taxes done start thinking about making your money work for you.


$A's high times almost done

Seize the day: Overnight, the currency fell as low as 92.81 US cents, its weakest level since June 5.

John Collett Analysts expect the Australian dollar to fall against the greenback and pound.

Hard times for savers as rates set to tumble

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David Potts With an official rate of minus 0.1 per cent in Europe, there is a lot of foreign money washing through our economy.


Why we all need to give a damn about the less well off

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Penny Pryor Helping break the poverty trap for people with small interest-free loans, will benefit the whole country in the long run.

What's the go with debt managers?

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George Cochrane 'Debt solutions' all sound too good to be true. Are there other cheaper, safer options?


Service industries offer hope for jobs

Clancy Yeates Although jobs are being lost in fields like manufacturing, in other sectors they are being created.


Secure, tax-friendly annuities popular retiree investment

John Collett Annuities are striking a chord with retirees who reckon they are going to be around for a long time.


Get your money working for you


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David Potts Money makes money when it is reinvested whether through a superannuation account, holding a share portfolio or property investments.


Good percentages as banks go hybrid

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David Potts Rates for savers have stopped falling and the banks are even offering something on the side.


Holiday spending's big hurt

Holiday and money planning.

John Collett Debt chalked up on credit cards is costing travelling Australians millions.


Failure to move money costs savers $2.5b a year


John Collett Piles of money are lost each year by savers who leave their spare cash in everyday accounts.


A bit of resolve can turn wishful thinking into savings success

Christine Long Feeling the need for a double shot of determination to make your New Year's resolutions stick? You're not the only one.


Make school costs feasy peasy

John Collett It's that time of year again, when the children return to school and - for fee-paying students - their parents learn how much they'll be expected to cough up for the privilege.


Light at the end of the tunnel for savers

Clancy Yeates You wouldn't guess it but almost two-thirds of households don't have a mortgage.


A better deal can mean big savings

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Mark Bouris With 2014 well and truly up and running, it's time for a financial tune-up.


Benefit to paying mortgage fortnightly

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Noel Whittaker It's a quick way to pay off the loan faster - and you probably won't even notice you're doing it.


Forget loyalty - card switching can help you get on top of debt

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Christine Long Need some breathing space from heavy interest charges on your credit card debts? A balance transfer deal could be the answer.