You might be surprised at what really drives interest rates

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) and the major trading banks may play the most visible role in setting interest rates, but in many cases they are being reactive rather than proactive. A wide range of external factors feed into their decision-making process, including in no small part, our collective behaviour as investors and savers,[…]

Planning ahead for the “Sandwich Generation”

Are you taking care of elderly parents? Do you still have adult children living at home? Do the words ‘meat’ and ‘sandwich’ strike any chords with you? You could be a member of the “Sandwich Generation” without realising it! Sandwich Generation refers to people who are ‘sandwiched’ between caring for elderly parents and adult children[…]

What is required of you when applying for or refinancing a mortgage?

Whether it’s due to over-enthusiastic lenders or desperate borrowers, failure to adhere to robust lending standards can land some borrowers in serious financial distress. In many cases the difficulties experienced by these borrowers could have been avoided if the lenders had complied with their responsible lending obligations. In brief, this means inquiring into a borrower’s[…]