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Pedal to the metal: EOFY is officially bearing down on us

Keen to buy a vehicle, asset or another vital piece of equipment for your business and immediately write off the cost? Well, you better get cracking, as we’re officially entering end-of-financial-year territory. How time flies. It feels like only yesterday that we were gearing up for the year, and now, it’s all systems go to beat the EOFY deadline. Why the hurry? Well, businesses keen to invest in their future can immediately write off the full value of any eligible…...
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“Tide turning on interest rates”: CBA hikes fixed rates

Australia’s biggest bank has hiked its three-year fixed rate for owner-occupiers in a further sign that “the tide is turning on interest rates”. So if you’ve been thinking about fixing your interest rate, it could be high time to do so. Now, we’re not normally ones to write articles about the interest rate movements of particular products with particular lenders. But we felt this one was significant given that the Commonwealth Bank (CBA) is the nation’s biggest home lender, with…...
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Want to switch home loans? Here are ASIC’s top tips for refinancing

With interest rates at record low levels, we’ve seen a big increase in homeowners wanting to refinance this year. So this week we’ll look at some of ASIC’s top tips for refinancing, plus some of our own for good measure. More and more mortgage holders are looking for a better deal on their home loan. According to ABS data, the total number of home loan customers who switched providers last year increased by 27% – from 143,664 in 2019 to…...
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SMEs to get full asset write-off extension and fairer go with ATO

Small businesses in dispute with the ATO over their tax debt will get “a fairer go” under new rules proposed in the federal budget. Meanwhile, one-year extensions have been granted for the full asset write-off and loss carry-back schemes. Let’s break it all down. There’s a lot to digest in this year’s pandemic-recovery federal budget. So today we’ve chosen to focus on just a few key budget announcements we feel may help SMEs manage finance and debt in the years…...
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Single parents and first home buyers get big budget boost

Single parents saving for a property and first home buyers are the big winners from this year’s federal budget. Today we’ll break down the three schemes that will help them crack the property market sooner. In recent months there have been signs that first home buyers are beginning to shy away from the property market, as investors return in big numbers to take advantage of optimistic property market price outlooks. So this year’s federal budget focussed on giving first home…...
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Is it cheaper to buy or rent your next home? You might be surprised

While it might feel like property prices are skyrocketing out of reach, the majority of Australian homes are actually cheaper to buy than rent over the next decade, according to a new report. The latest REA Insights Buy or Rent 2021 Report reveals it is cheaper to buy than rent around 57% of dwellings across Australia, based on modest housing price growth of 3% per year over the next decade. Now, the results differ by property type and from state…...
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