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RBA Rates Decision – August 2009

The Reserve Bank has once again decided to keep the cash rate on hold this month.  The cash rate remains at 3%.  The overall consensus of the market is now at the cross roads with many commentators now calling the bottom of the rate cycle. The RBA minutes of July’s meeting made mention of their belief the worst of the GFC is behind us, and mone...

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To Fix or Not To Fix?

With Australia missing out on a ‘technical’ recession, given the positive March quarter of GDP, most mortgage holders are now focusing their attention on interest rates.  Have we reached the bottom of this cash cycle and if so, should we be looking at locking in a low fixed rate, before rates start moving up? The possible answer to this deb...

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Negative Gearing – Worth Keeping

It has been well documented that currently the federal government is conducting a full review of the taxation system, tagged as the ‘Henry Review’. As part of this review the government has called on public submissions to assist in this review. These submissions provide State Governments, Community Groups,  Business Interest groups etc the...

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RBA Rates Decision – July 2009

The Reserve Bank has once again decided to keep the cash rate on hold this month.  The cash rate remains at 3%.  The overall consensus of the market is that the cash rate is still forecast to drop to a low of around 2.50% later this year, as it is anticipated that unemployment will rise later this year and into 2010. The recent positive econom...

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Bank Loyalty, Does it pay off?

Over my journey in this profession, I have meet many great people and continue to work for most of them in helping them achieve their goals whether it be securing their first home, refinancing or planning out their pathway of financial independence through investment in Residential property.  As I do with every client I ask them the same question ...

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RBA Rates Decision – June 2009

The Reserve Bank chose once again to leave interest rates on hold today, leaving the cash rate at 3%. Commentators are now questioning whether the cash rate will actually get down as low as 2.5 to 2%, which is what was forecasted earlier this year. On the fixed rate side of the fence, the movement was up, with St George and Westpac both movin...

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What’s the Cheapest Loan?

If I had a dollar for every time……. so the saying goes, and in my case it relates to people asking me what is the best interest rate at the moment or who’s got the cheapest loan? I wish there was a simple answer to this question, and believe you me, when I first started out in the finance industry I was also naive to think that surely this...

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Housing Affordability Dramatically Improves

Housing affordability improved by 14.6% in the March quarter according to the HIA - CBA First Home Buyer Affordability Report The largest improvements were recorded in Hobart, Adelaide, and Sydney. According to the report, a combination of the boost to the First Home Owners Grant, record low interest rates and relatively stable house prices mean...

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RBA Rates Decision – May 2009

The Reserve Bank decided to keep it powder dry this month and left the cash rate on hold at 3.00%.  They are taking this neutral position in light of seeing what effect the rate cuts made earlier this year are having on the economy.  The overall consensus of the market is that the cash rate is still forecast to drop to between 2.50% and 2.00% lat...

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What’s happening in Easter this year?

A shortage of good property and increased interest from First Home Buyers leading up to the June 30 deadline for the Boost Package to lapse is making it hard going for both home buyers and investors in the ‘quality’ locations both in Melbourne and within all major Australian Cities. My comment is twofold this month: 1. Staying the course:...

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