Which shares are HOT to buy in December 2019?

In 2019, the ASX S&P200, {ASX chart from TradingEconomics.com] the market measure based on the top two hundred company share prices listed on the Australian [...]

POSTED ON December 17, 2019
Home price rise puts RBA on back foot

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has kept interest rates on hold for the month of December at a historic low of 0.75 per cent. [...]

POSTED ON December 4, 2019
Optus to take on Orange customers

Optus is preparing to buy the mobile telephone customers of Orange. Subscribers on Orange's GSM digital service, which use the Optus network anyway, will be [...]

POSTED ON October 29, 2001
Ansett returns to Adelaide and Hobart

Ansett is set to resume flights to and from Adelaide on November 2, according to environment minsiter Robert Hill. The Adelaide flights will be underwritten [...]

POSTED ON October 29, 2001
Diners Club revamps Qantas points

Diners Club has developed a new rewards program to replace the scheme associated with the failed Ansett Airlines. Customers can now redeem tickets with eight [...]

POSTED ON October 29, 2001
Virgin flies to Perth… at last

Virgin Blue will fly to Perth from December 9, bringing true competition to one of the longest and most expensive routes in Australia. At the [...]

POSTED ON October 29, 2001
Perth enjoys the airfare war

Qantas has released new discount airfares to Perth as Virgin Blue's decision to begin flights across the Nullarbor gives fresh impetus to airfare competition. Virgin [...]

POSTED ON October 29, 2001
Rate cut unlikely yet, despite low inflation

The chance of another official rate cut in the next month or two has grown, but a reduction remains unlikely despite the release of better-than-expected [...]

POSTED ON October 29, 2001
New taxes cause airfares blow-out

The terrorist attacks on the US and the collapse of Ansett have pushed up the total cost of airfares substantially in recent months. A range [...]

POSTED ON October 26, 2001
Everyone’s a winner from brokers’ offers

Being a chartered accountant, I received an offer from Merrill Lynch HSBC in the mail recently highlighting an offer of brokerage free trading for six [...]

POSTED ON October 25, 2001
Online Banking nets consumer attention

AC Neilsen and netRatings latest survey of Internet banking in Australia highlights its acceptance by a growing number of Australians. In August, Westpac's customers spent [...]

POSTED ON October 25, 2001
Revolution coming in mobile phone purchases

It appears the elimination of handset subsidies by mobile carriers won't necessarily mean being slugged the full price of a new handset upfront. Telstra's phase [...]

POSTED ON October 25, 2001
Overdrafts over the hill

Australian borrowers now use more flexible forms of personal finance in preference to bank overdrafts. As financial services evolve, traditional services and payment methods such [...]

POSTED ON October 25, 2001
Non-bank lenders filling branch gaps

Smaller banks and non-bank lenders alike are now rushing to replace the holes left by the retreat of traditional bank branch networks.The large numbers of [...]

POSTED ON October 25, 2001
Non-bank lender opens Victorian franchise

Non-bank lender RESI Mortgage Corporation has launched its first Victorian franchise. Located in Mt Waverley, RESI’s Monash franchise is the second Australian franchise to be [...]

POSTED ON October 24, 2001
Credit unions popular as bank alternative

Around 3.6 million Australians – almost one quarter of Australia's adult population - are credit union customers. Credit unions are attracting an increasing number of [...]

POSTED ON October 24, 2001
Carriers withdraw subsidised handsets

Telstra is to begin phasing out subsidies for mobile phone handsets from November 2001. The move means consumers will have to purchase handsets upfront rather [...]

POSTED ON October 23, 2001
Rosy future for discount airfares

Qantas's announcement yesterday that it would develop a fleet of 40 of economy-class-only aircraft is the best news for price-conscious domestic air travellers since the [...]

POSTED ON October 22, 2001
Australian’s dob in insurance frauds

NRMA has saved over $2 million in claims over the past year as a result of people dobbing in fraudulent friends and neighbours. The national [...]

POSTED ON October 22, 2001
Phone deals not affected by summer time

Telstra has denied that Tasmanian customers have been disadvantaged by the early commencement of daylight saving in the state. A customer has claimed the company [...]

POSTED ON October 19, 2001
Think ahead to cut Christmas credit debt

Each year retailers seem to extend the Christmas shopping period and each year the amount of dollars outstanding on credit cards grows. January and February [...]

POSTED ON October 19, 2001
Security crackdown creates check-in delays

Since September 11 there has been changes to travel procedures overseas for business travellers, some of these changes will take place in Australia. Many overseas [...]

POSTED ON October 19, 2001
Low return fares now on offer

Both Qantas and Ansett II are currently offering good-value return airfares - with restrictions. The intense fare competition over the last year has seen intense [...]

POSTED ON October 19, 2001
Cost of insurance to rise

Car and home and contents insurance premiums are set to increase by up to 10 per cent in the coming year. The Chief Executive of [...]

POSTED ON October 18, 2001
Advice for customers with One.Tel disputes

The Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) has published advice for former One.Tel customers in dispute with the company’s administrators over outstanding bills. Click here to read [...]

POSTED ON October 18, 2001
Extraordinary General Meeting

ASX ANNOUNCEMENT A summary of the proceedings of an Extraordinary General Meeting of the members of InfoChoice Limited (“Company”) held earlier today follows: Special Business: [...]

POSTED ON October 18, 2001
SA must underwite Ansett Adelaide flights

Ansett will resume its flights to Adelaide if the South Australian Government agrees to certain undertakings. The administrators of the collapsed airline wants the SA [...]

POSTED ON October 18, 2001
BHP expects tough times

BHP management is conducting detailed analysis on the potential future economic effects of the September 11 terrorist attacks and what these could mean for BHP [...]

POSTED ON October 18, 2001
Australian Insurers’ websites lag behind US sites

A recent study showed that while the internet response times of Australian insurers compared favourably with US insurers, the site functionality we experience is lagging [...]

POSTED ON October 17, 2001
Acquisition of BecomeMedia

ASX ANNOUNCEMENT InfoChoice Limited refers to the announcement on 26 July 2001 and now announces that the acquisition of all of the shares in BecomeMedia [...]

POSTED ON October 17, 2001
Test action will go mobile

Hutchison Telecommunications has signed an agreement to sponsor the Australian Cricket Board for five years. The company will provide exclusive multi-media Test cricket content through [...]

POSTED ON October 17, 2001
More Qantas NT and WA flights

Qantas Airways is offering extra flights from Perth to Broome, in Western Australia (WA). WA Regional Development Minister, Tom Stephens, says Qantas is adding two [...]

POSTED ON October 17, 2001
Free mobiles when Telstra fouls up

Telstra has agreed to comply with the Customer Service Guarantee rules introduced by the Australian Government. As part of the compliance regime, Telstra will supply [...]

POSTED ON October 16, 2001
Investors stick to margin loans

Terrorist attacks in the United States and turbulent stockmarkets have not deterred investors from borrowing to invest in shares and managed funds, according to Macquarie [...]

POSTED ON October 16, 2001
NAB overhauls banking website

The National Australia Bank (NAB) is set to launch a new Internet banking service in November. The original service, established in 1998, excluded Apple Macintosh [...]

POSTED ON October 16, 2001
Brokers blurring home lending market

Commenting on the rise of brokers in the home lending market, the managing director of Aussie Home Loans, Mr John Symond, said the rise of [...]

POSTED ON October 16, 2001
Ansett’s $100m breather

There is now more hope for the failed Australian airline Ansett. On 15 October 2001, the administrators reached an agreement with the Australian Government. The [...]

POSTED ON October 16, 2001
Advantages of private health insurance

The advantages of having private health insurance over relying on Medicare and the public hospital system are: Your choice of doctor. Shorter waiting time for [...]

POSTED ON October 15, 2001
Cheque writing a dying art

Once the centre-piece of financial transactions, the cheque is fast disappearing from the financial landscape. Usage of cheques has dropped by 31 per cent since [...]

POSTED ON October 15, 2001
Home loans taking less of our pay

Repayments on the average Australian home loan absorb only $27 every $100 earned in 2001. This is a 35 per cent reduction compared to 1991. [...]

POSTED ON October 15, 2001
Ansett frequent flyers may get shares

Ansett's administrators are considering a plan that could turn Ansett frequent flyer members and Golden Wing business customers into shareholders in the resurrected airline. Restoring [...]

POSTED ON October 15, 2001
Your private health insurance options

Hospital CoverThere are generally three different types of hospital cover to choose from; top hospital cover, hospital cover that either excludes or restricts certain benefits [...]

POSTED ON October 14, 2001
Restricted Services

Restricted services can apply to certain types of cover, usually young singles cover, to help reduce the premium. For example the full benefits for hip [...]

POSTED ON October 12, 2001
Pre-existing Condition

A pre-existing condition is a condition for which symptoms were evident up to 6 months before the date of either first joining the fund or [...]

POSTED ON October 12, 2001
Private patient in a private hospital

You choose your own doctor and some or all of both the services and medical fees are covered by private health insurance. [...]

POSTED ON October 12, 2001
Waiting Periods

Different waiting periods will apply for certain services for example when you first join a health fund a short waiting period will usually apply for [...]

POSTED ON October 12, 2001
Medicare

Introduced in 1984, Medicare provides access to basic health services for all Australians. Medicare gives consumers access to free treatment as a public patient in [...]

POSTED ON October 12, 2001
Private patient in a public hospital

You choose your own doctor and some or all of both the services and medical fees are covered by private health insurance. [...]

POSTED ON October 11, 2001
Freebies with mobile phones – Tempted?

The advent of mobile number portability has resulted in a flurry of bonus offers from providers and dealers to tempt you to switch providers and [...]

POSTED ON October 10, 2001
Excluded Services

Excluded services can apply to certain types of cover, usually young singles cover, to help reduce the premium. Services such as obstetrics and other procedures [...]

POSTED ON October 10, 2001
Doctors’ Services

The treatment provided in a hospital by specialists or a patient’s own general practitioner. [...]

POSTED ON October 10, 2001
Ansett ticket refunds: The latest

Ansett administrators have revealed that it had pre-sold 500,000 tickets worth $400m at the time of the airline's collapse. National Australia Bank has agreed to [...]

POSTED ON October 10, 2001
The bank branch is back

Leading consultancy firm Ernst & Young Cap Gemini has declared that the bank branch is back, adding weight to community concerns over branch closures. It [...]

POSTED ON October 10, 2001
Gap

Medicare pays for 75% of the MBS fee for your medical practitioner’s services if you are being treated as a private patient in either a [...]

POSTED ON October 10, 2001
Excess – Health Insurance

If your hospital cover has an excess applied this is the amount you will have to pay if you are admitted to hospital. It does [...]

POSTED ON October 10, 2001
First home grant extended

The Federal Government has confirmed the successful $14,000 grant for first-home builders is to be extended. The grant was to have ended at the end [...]

POSTED ON October 10, 2001
Lifetime Health Cover

Anyone who takes out private hospital cover when they are under 30 years old or anyone between the ages of 30 and 65 who took [...]

POSTED ON October 10, 2001
Medical Costs

These are the fees for medical procedures performed during a hospital stay and include such things as surgeons’ fees, obstetricians’ fees, radiology, pathology and anaesthetists. [...]

POSTED ON October 10, 2001
Labour ward fees

The costs for delivery of babies in a birthing suite. [...]

POSTED ON October 10, 2001
Ansett II good for last-minute discount fares

Travellers looking for last minute fares or generally looking for the cheapest available on major domestic routes will currently find Ansett has the best options. [...]

POSTED ON October 10, 2001
Rate cuts later for business

Australian banks are keen to quickly pass interest rate cuts to individual borrowers but not to businesses. The banks often use the excuse that the [...]

POSTED ON October 10, 2001
Co-payment

A co-payment is a set amount you agree to pay each day towards your hospital accommodation. Most health funds will place a limit on the [...]

POSTED ON October 10, 2001
Dependant

A dependant is usually defined as: ·Your spouse ·Any of your children under 18 years of age under your care ·Any of your student children [...]

POSTED ON October 10, 2001
Elective Surgery

When your doctor thinks the surgery isn’t required immediately. [...]

POSTED ON October 10, 2001
Emergency Treatment

This is treatment that is required if the patient is in danger of suffering loss of life, limb, bodily function or mental stability, or if [...]

POSTED ON October 10, 2001
Federal Government 30% Rebate

The rebate scheme is designed to encourage people to take out private hospital insurance as a minimum level of cover. The government provides a 30% [...]

POSTED ON October 10, 2001
Front-End Deductible

If your hospital cover has a front-end deductible applied this is the amount you will have to pay if you are admitted to hospital. It [...]

POSTED ON October 10, 2001
Gap Cover Schemes

Gap cover schemes do not require formal contractual agreements between health funds and doctors. The doctor will assess how much it will cost to treat [...]

POSTED ON October 10, 2001
Hospital Costs

This covers meals, a bed in hospital and all related services provided by the hospital including nursing care. It does not include the treatment provided [...]

POSTED ON October 10, 2001
Medicare Levy Surcharge

This is the additional charge that higher income earners’ who do not have private hospital insurance with a low excess are required to pay over [...]

POSTED ON October 10, 2001
More rules for Telcos and MNP

The Australian Communications Authority has told telecommunications companies to lift their game when it comes to porting customers over. The ACA has introduced new performance [...]

POSTED ON October 9, 2001
Melbourne CU offers card with a difference

With the Reserve Bank lowering official cash rates this week, attention this week has shifted from home loan rates to credit cards. So far ANZ [...]

POSTED ON October 8, 2001
Ansett Mark II developments

Things may be looking up for Ansett Mark II, with bookings now over 25,000. Administrator Andersen said the airline received a record number of internet [...]

POSTED ON October 5, 2001
Air NZ will pay Ansett $150m

Air NZ is to make a $150m pay-out to Ansett and will indirectly provide another $160 million of monies owed by its former Australian subsidiary. [...]

POSTED ON October 5, 2001
Credit card rates unchanged for now

With the majority of lenders now confirming details of reduced rates for home loan borrowers attention is shifting to other variable interest rates such as [...]

POSTED ON October 5, 2001
HSBC bucks trend to open branches

Looking to capitalise on resentment towards the country's four big banks, HSBC has opened three branches in the suburbs of Sydney in the past six [...]

POSTED ON October 5, 2001
Borrowers now in box seat to get ahead

The Reserve Bank is expected to announce a cut in Australian interest rates tomorrow by 0.25 percentage points to 4.50 per cent meaning standard variable [...]

POSTED ON October 4, 2001
RBA cuts official cash rate by 0.25%

As we predicted yesterday, Australia’s official cash rate fell by 25 basis points this morning to 4.50% which is its lowest since the cash rate [...]

POSTED ON October 4, 2001
HSBC buys NRMA Building Society

Hoping to increase its branch network to 36 by 2005 as part of a retail banking push in Australia and New Zealand,HSBC Bank Australia will [...]

POSTED ON October 4, 2001
Garuda will fly Adelaide-Melbourne route

Garuda Indonesia has obtained temporary approval from the Department of Transport to carry domestic passengers between Adelaide and Melbourne in order to assist the domestic [...]

POSTED ON October 4, 2001
Lenders quick to announce rate reductions

Lenders have been quick to release details of changes to home loan rates following the Reserve Bank of Australia’s decision to cut official cash rates [...]

POSTED ON October 4, 2001
Free tickets to Sydney Traders Expo.

InfoChoice is offering members free tickets to the upcoming Traders Expo in Sydney, courtesy of AOT Online. If you are an active investor or want [...]

POSTED ON October 4, 2001
Qantas to boost capacity

Qantas has leased three Air Canada Boeing 767s, complete with crews, for use on Australia-New Zealand services so that its own 767s can be used [...]

POSTED ON October 3, 2001
Homeloans offers borrowing alternative

Homeloans Ltd has launched a new loan aimed at borrowers previously unable to obtain a loan. The "Hassle-free" loan is aimed at small business owners [...]

POSTED ON October 2, 2001
Ansett impacts on Members Aust CU

Despite 8,000 Ansett employees as customers, Members Australia Credit Union says it does not expect any lasting negative impact from the carriers collapse on its [...]

POSTED ON October 2, 2001
Frequent flyers lose Qantas bookings

Some Qantas frequent flyer members have reported losing flight bookings made with redeemed points after thinking their tickets were confirmed. When booking a domestic or [...]

POSTED ON October 2, 2001
Standard Battery Talk Time

The amount of time the phone battery will last if engaged in a continuous call (measured in hours or minutes). [...]

POSTED ON October 2, 2001
Online transactions are convenient

Online banking allows you to do your banking whenever you want, not when the bank wants to open for business. Internet banking websites offer 24-hour, [...]

POSTED ON October 2, 2001
SAR

Stands for Specific Absorption Rates. It is a measure of the amount of radio frequency energy absorbed per kilogram of body tissue. This information will [...]

POSTED ON September 28, 2001
Portability Day 2: Hitches continue

Delays continue to occur in transferring subscribers' number between providers after two days of number portability amid accusations among the carriers of dirty tricks. There [...]

POSTED ON September 28, 2001