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RBA Rates Decision – April 2011

For the x month in a row the cash rate has remained on hold as the RBA looks for further indications that the economy is continuing to grow following the recent major flood and cyclone disasters that hit our shores earlier this year. If the economy rebounds quickly and the insurance works provide inflationary pressures on materials and labour, p...

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RBA Rates Decision – March 2011

The cash rate remained on hold again this month as the RBA awaits more critical data on the performance of the economy before looking to adjust the cash rate. Most economists expect further rate rises in 2011, with many tipping an increase in the cash rate of around 0.5% over the course of the year. Events in the Middle East region could play a ...

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It’s Mortgage ‘Sale Season’

Over the last month, we are seeing signs from the lending sector that they believe their costs of funds are going to improve in the coming years. (Margin = the difference between what costs lenders source money for and what they on-sell it for – i.e. Profit margin) Cheaper costs of funds means one of two things: 1 – Increased mortgage len...

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So when is the best time to buy?

It’s a well-accepted theory that buyers shop in spring right through to Easter – and then the cooler months in Melbourne take hold and buyers slow down – but is this really what happens? The correct answer is that the season is only one tiny factor in what dictates property buyer and vendor behaviour. Economic outlook, suburb, location, go...

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Property — Everyone is an Expert

You have just been off to see your GP who diagnosed a problem, so you’ve being referred to a specialist who’s going to help you.  You agree without any hesitation as you want to get back to full health. You tell a few people about your situation and they provide support and the odd person some advice, but you know inside you are going to li...

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RBA Rates Decision – February 2011

As unanimously tipped by all forecasters and commentators, the RBA chose to leave the official cash rate on hold this month at 4.75%. Although the majority of sentiment is that the cash rate will move higher over the coming year, if our economy and the global economic recovery continue to build momentum. The consensus on the flood in Queensland ...

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Why is Money Planning Important?

Imagine for a moment that you have decided that you want a new Home. However, to this point you haven’t thought about what you want the home to look like, how many bedrooms, living areas, or outdoor spaces it should have, how much it might cost, or how you are going to pay for it. How likely do you think it is that you will get what you want w...

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A Million Dollar Plus Call

You’ve talked about it, but you are just unsure about what's the right decision? For some it’s do we: 1. Buy another investment Property 2. Hold the existing home and turn it into an investment property and buy the new home 3. Sell existing property to buy an upsize property or reduce debt 4. Sell our current home and investment...

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Can we Predict the Future?

It’s crazy to think that anyone can predict the future, but plenty of people are paid good money to try: Economists, Weather Forecasters, Fortune tellers, Treasury, Technology companies, etc. Even though no one can predict the road ahead, it’s absolutely vital that we pay attention to what lies ahead of us. If we look at the future from a pe...

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