Sydney property market outlook for 2020

Sydney Auction Results for Saturday 14 March 2020 There were 644 residential property auctions held in Sydney on Saturday 14 March 2020. 70 per cent [...]

POSTED ON February 6, 2020
The Best Savings Account For Your Tax Refund

Almost two thirds of Australian taxpayers are expecting a refund this tax year, and it’s not chicken feed. The average tax refund in Australia was [...]

POSTED ON May 30, 2019
Qantas to launch no-frills OS airline

Qantas chief executive Geoff Dixon has proposed a no-frills low-cost international airline starting in August. As reported in the Sydney Morning Herald, the airline would [...]

POSTED ON June 19, 2001
Low domestic airfares still abundant

FlightChoice has found discount airfares are still available in substantial numbers - even during the July school holidays – despite reduced competition resulting from the [...]

POSTED ON June 18, 2001
New hope for borrowers rejected by the banks

Leading consumer information provider InfoChoice.com.au now offers hope to the thousands of potential borrowers every year rejected by banks or other mainstream lenders and denied [...]

POSTED ON June 15, 2001
Best discount airfares restricted to the web

Analysis by InfoChoice.com.au, Australia's leading consumer information service, has revealed the cheapest airfares are increasingly becoming available only to those who book via the airlines' [...]

POSTED ON June 14, 2001
Merrill Lynch HSBC adds ASX Express Trader

Merrill Lynch HSBC have added a tool, called ASX Express Trader to their online trading service that reduces the time taken for investors to enter [...]

POSTED ON June 14, 2001
Dingo Blue gets access to One.Net customers

Dingo Blue will get first crack at One.Tel's 'One.Net' internet access customers with an email offer to switch their accounts across. One.Net customers do not [...]

POSTED ON June 14, 2001
InfoChoice directors increase stake

The Chairman of InfoChoice, John Mullen, has announced that he has increased his shareholding in the company buying just over 1.1 million shares on the [...]

POSTED ON June 14, 2001
Target’s Statement – ISIS (PDF)

This press release is available as a PDF document. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software to view it. Target's Statement - ISIS [...]

POSTED ON June 13, 2001
Consumers to win from Optus sale to SingTel

Australia's leading independent infomediary, InfoChoice.com.au, says the impending sale of Optus to Singapore Telecom is great for local phone consumers - both mobile and landline [...]

POSTED ON June 13, 2001
Strong start for alternative loan market

The size of the fledging non-conforming loan market is expected to grow substantially after a strong start to the year, according to international ratings agency [...]

POSTED ON June 8, 2001
Rates may rise in late 2001

This week has thrown up the strongest evidence yet that interest rates have bottomed and that the next move in official rates will be up. [...]

POSTED ON June 8, 2001
Telstra offer to One.Tel customers

Telstra has launched an offer to One.Tel customers who face disconnection this week if they do not switch and become direct subscribers to Optus. One.Tel [...]

POSTED ON June 7, 2001
ANZ’s turn to launch low-fee account

ANZ has announced details of a basic low-fee banking account which it estimates will benefit 750,000 customers. The new account follows moves by the other [...]

POSTED ON June 7, 2001
RBA keeps rates steady

The Reserve Bank of Australia has left official interest rates steady in June at 5 per cent. Cuts totalling 1.25 percentage points delivered in February, [...]

POSTED ON June 7, 2001
RBA likely to keep rates steady

There have been mixed signals on the economic front over the last week ahead of next week's monthly Reserve Bank board meeting. But on balance [...]

POSTED ON June 6, 2001
Airline summit called for the bush

The NSW Government has called a regional airline summit next month after the demise of rural flight operator Country Connections. Rural Affairs Minister Harry Woods [...]

POSTED ON June 5, 2001
Free access at overseas ATMs

Westpac is to drop ATM fees on transactions made at many overseas automatic teller machines as part of a global agreement between major banks. Five [...]

POSTED ON June 5, 2001
ASIC investigates ‘account aggregators’

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) has raising consumer protection concerns over account aggregation services which allow consumers to consolidate all their online accounts [...]

POSTED ON June 4, 2001
One.Tel mobile customers go to Optus

One Tel mobile customers who connect via the Optus network will have their account switched over to Optus within a week. Optus will notify each [...]

POSTED ON June 4, 2001
Margin loans: New fixed-rate offers

It's the business end of the season for prepaid fixed rate margin loans as the end of the tax year looms and investors look to [...]

POSTED ON June 1, 2001
One Tel customers: What now?

Mobile and landline service provider One.Tel has gone into voluntary administration. The administrators taking control of the company, Ferrier Hodgson, said that at this stage [...]

POSTED ON June 1, 2001
Domestic fares to rise

An American Express survey has revealed that Australia has escaped any dramatic rise in fares in the quarter to April as airlines tried to recoup [...]

POSTED ON June 1, 2001
Taxing options for investors

With the end of the financial year fast approaching there are taxing decisions to be made by investors. Whether its an investment-property loan or term [...]

POSTED ON May 31, 2001
Lenders to enjoy continued mortgage growth

Despite tight margins in the home loan mortgage market from unrelenting competitive pressure, the profit outlook for banks and lenders is upbeat. The Australian Financial [...]

POSTED ON May 31, 2001
Efficient markets: Towards the Holy Grail

ASX is investigating trading in OneTel shares before a trading halt was announced on Monday as revealed in today's Australian Financial Review. Similarly, Qantas shares [...]

POSTED ON May 31, 2001
Qantas eyes Air NZ for takeover

Qantas has revealed plans to take control of Air New Zealand in a plan that would see the New Zealand carrier divested of its ownership [...]

POSTED ON May 31, 2001
NSW drops the BADdest tax

Bank accounts debits (BAD) tax will be dropped in NSW from next year, saving bank customers an average of $20 and familes on average $60 [...]

POSTED ON May 31, 2001
Airfare war hots up over Adelaide

The airfare war has spread to Adelaide with Virgin Blue's announcement today it will start direct flights between Adelaide and Sydney from March 1, just [...]

POSTED ON May 30, 2001
Low fares still available

Since the announcement of the demise of Impulse no special fares have been withdrawn from any of the other three airlines. Qantas and Ansett are [...]

POSTED ON May 30, 2001
Special June airfares and packages

The latest round of competition between Qantas and Ansett has produced an almost identical sale from both airlines. With savings of up to 80% on [...]

POSTED ON May 30, 2001
NAB releases new low-fee account

National Australia Bank has launched a low-fee, basic account, its response to community concerns over the effect of bank fees on low income earners. The [...]

POSTED ON May 29, 2001
Fixed rates jump

Fixed home loan rates are now well and truly on the way up with most lenders announcing sizeable jumps on rates for terms between two [...]

POSTED ON May 28, 2001
Avoiding the ‘Gap’

The biggest issue patients have with private health insurance is the desire to be able to insure against all medical expenses and avoid out-of-pocket 'gap' [...]

POSTED ON May 25, 2001
HIH rescue package announced

The Federal Government has announced a rescue package for victims of the HIH Insurance collapse which will see policyholders with outstanding claims receive all or [...]

POSTED ON May 24, 2001
NAB denies fee cover-up

National Australia Bank has rejected claims that it is not revealing all credit card fees charged for transactions made overseas while the Australian Competition and [...]

POSTED ON May 24, 2001
Qantas takeover of Impulse to go ahead

The ACCC announced today that it will not oppose the Qantas takeover of Impulse Airlines. ACCC chairman Allan Fels says that while the acquisition will [...]

POSTED ON May 23, 2001
Banks charge ‘hidden’ card fee

Major banks appear to be charging an undislosed fee on Visa credit card transactions, which may be in breach of the Consumer Credit Code. An [...]

POSTED ON May 23, 2001
Protected equity: A safer way to borrow

Protected equity loans enable you to make a geared investment in shares without being liable for any shortfall between the amount borrowed and the value [...]

POSTED ON May 22, 2001
Foreigners sharing load in bank profits

Lost in the recent profit results from the major banks and the debate over the size of their profits is the increasing amounts being derived [...]

POSTED ON May 22, 2001
Mobile phone charges to rise

Mobile phone bills are set to rise after the Federal Government revealed it is to raise by 150 per cent the licence fees it charges [...]

POSTED ON May 21, 2001
Inquiry into frequent flyer schemes

The frequent flyer programs of Australian airlines are being reviewed by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) after it found some Ansett passengers missed [...]

POSTED ON May 18, 2001
Doubts over new-home investment

The long-term investment potential of newly-built homes on city fringes is in doubt as young home buyer tastes change, according to a report by Macquarie [...]

POSTED ON May 18, 2001
Virgin fighting Qantas/Impulse deal hard

Virgin Blue is showing it is determined not to let Qantas squeeze it out of the newly-competitive domestic air travel market with its deal to [...]

POSTED ON May 18, 2001
Decline in health cover membership

The March quarter figures released by the Private Health Insurance Administration Council show a slight decline in the number of Australians with private health cover [...]

POSTED ON May 18, 2001
ComSec traders hit by outage

A network fault on Tuesday delayed or blocked access for 615,000 subscribers to Australia's biggest online share trading site, ComSec. ComSec customers dialling into the [...]

POSTED ON May 18, 2001
How to find the lowest airfares

Finally there is real competition in Australia's domestic airline market. Despite the demise of Impulse Airlines, cheap airfares are here to stay with Qantas and [...]

POSTED ON May 18, 2001
Virgin set sights on NZ

Virgin Blue lodged an appication yesterday for international traffic rights to operate between Australia and New Zealand, as well as rights to operate within New [...]

POSTED ON May 17, 2001
Suncorp-Metway named best regional bank

Australian Banking and Finance magazine has named Suncorp-Metway Best Regional Bank for 2001. Suncorp-Metway was selected from a short list that included Bank of Queensland, [...]

POSTED ON May 17, 2001
US cuts rates another 50 points

A 50 basis point rate cut in the US overnight was largely expected by US economists and further reductions cannot be ruled out according to [...]

POSTED ON May 17, 2001
Doubts over new-home investment

The long-term investment potential of newly-built homes on city fringes is in doubt as young home buyer tastes change, according to a report by Macquarie [...]

POSTED ON May 17, 2001
Infarmation launches tractor & machinery website

The Tractor & Machinery Association (TMA) and leading agricultural website inFARMation.com.au have combined to create a powerful new website for both users and suppliers of [...]

POSTED ON May 17, 2001
New-style mobile phone for Australia

A new brand of mobile phones will be released in Australia by Sendo, a UK based company. Sendo hopes to revolutionalise the way customers view [...]

POSTED ON May 16, 2001
Federal Govt help for HIH policyholders

The federal Government is set to help bail out those people hardest hit by the HIH collapse. The new plan proposed yesterday could cost the [...]

POSTED ON May 16, 2001
RAMS and Westpac initiatives rewarded

Readers of Australian Banking and Finance magazine have awarded a RAMS home loan with Best New Product for 2001 while Westpac’s new third-party payments system [...]

POSTED ON May 16, 2001
Impulse bargains still available

Good value Internet-only discount fares can still be found on the website of the soon-to-disappear Impulse Airlines. Impulse Airlines' cut off date of May 14 [...]

POSTED ON May 15, 2001
Bank credit figures a warning for consumers

The latest figures emerging on our credit card spending from bank profit announcements in recent weeks should be enough to cause many Australian consumers to [...]

POSTED ON May 15, 2001
Summit called over regional airlines

The NSW Government has called a regional airline summit next month after the demise of rural flight operator Country Connections. ABC News Online reports today [...]

POSTED ON May 14, 2001
Do you need comprehensive insurance for your car?

When looking for motor vehicle insurance there are three different types of policies available: Comprehensive Insurance Third Party Property Damage Insurance Third Party Property Damage, [...]

POSTED ON May 14, 2001
Impulse specials: Going, going…

Good value Internet-only discount fares can still be found on the website of the soon-to-disappear Impulse Airlines. You must book these specials before May 14 [...]

POSTED ON May 14, 2001
Fixed home loans still worth considering

Fixed home loans still worth considering June 2008 The likelihood of further interest rate rises this year has once again caused home loan borrowers to [...]

POSTED ON May 14, 2001
Beware when using a mortgage broker

There are a number of potential pitfalls in relying on a mortgage broker for the best home loan solution given the enormous growth in the [...]

POSTED ON May 14, 2001
Qantas swallows Impulse – the conclusion

Impulse Airlines has withdrawn from operating scheduled air services in Australia under its own brand. Impulse will continue to operate services on its regional routes [...]

POSTED ON May 11, 2001
The rise of mortgage brokers

Large and small lenders alike are embracing the use of mortgage brokers as a low-cost source of finding new customers. Institutions and lenders that have [...]

POSTED ON May 10, 2001
Recession now apparent – was the rate cut enough?

Home loan borrowers could see standard variable interest rates of around 6.5 per cent within six months, according to banking information provider BankChoice.com.au. The rapid [...]

POSTED ON May 8, 2001
A fundamental approach to investment #1

Issues to consider when valuing companies based upon fundamental analysis Fundamental analysis is the most widely used method of identifying & selecting stocks for investment [...]

POSTED ON May 8, 2001
Our survey: Margin borrowers play safe

Our survey asked those with a margin loan which stocks they expected to dominate their leveraged portfolio in the coming year and what measures were [...]

POSTED ON May 8, 2001
Easy, low-cost access comes to managed funds

The flood of free financial information now easily accessible on the Internet has spawned a growing group of DIY investors taking a hands-on approach to [...]

POSTED ON May 8, 2001
Ansett vows to keep discounting

Ansett Airlines has raised hopes of a continuation of savage airfare discounting despite the demise of Impulse Airlines. The airline says it will not accept [...]

POSTED ON May 7, 2001
CBA regains online lead

The Commonwealth Bank has regained its status as number one in Net banking enjoying an 11 per cent increase in its online customer base during [...]

POSTED ON May 4, 2001
Relax, airfare war not over yet

FlightChoice believes low discount airfares enjoyed over the last eight months will continue despite Impulse Airlines being subsumed by Qantas. While the super-low fares, such [...]

POSTED ON May 4, 2001
Net banking: Downtime is the downside

Recent disruptions to the internet services of ANZ and Westpac highlight the pitfalls of relying too heavily on online access for banking. A problem with [...]

POSTED ON May 3, 2001
NEWS FLASH! Qantas swallows Impulse

In what appears a major blow for discount air travel, Qantas has announced that it has struck a deal to absorb its smaller domestic rival [...]

POSTED ON May 3, 2001
Smooth investing for rough times

The current volatile sharemarket climate, a lack of savings to invest, the complexities of borrowing to invest; these are all working against the average investor [...]

POSTED ON May 2, 2001
New weather pattern for country rugby

Whether for working on the land or playing on the pitch, NSW Country Rugby players can now get the latest weather outlook via their own [...]

POSTED ON May 2, 2001
Westpac relents to country borrowers

Westpac has reversed a decision to deny rural and regional borrowers the ability to use the Federal Governments $14,000 first-home owners grant as the deposit [...]

POSTED ON April 30, 2001
Free car hire after loss

Most comprehensive insurance polices cover the cost of a hire car for up to 14 days if your vehicle is stolen. [...]

POSTED ON April 30, 2001
Comprehensive Insurance

This covers the vehicle for damage that occurs to it as the result of an accident. The liability section of the policy covers damage that [...]

POSTED ON April 30, 2001
Personal Items Cover

Some comprehensive policies offer cover for personal items held in your vehicle that suffer damage as a result of an accident, fire, weather conditions or [...]

POSTED ON April 30, 2001
Period of insurance

Means the period that the insurer covers you for under the policy. The start and end date of this period will be shown on your [...]

POSTED ON April 30, 2001