Real estates investment boom in Australia

The all time lowest interest rates in Australia have made the investors to invest heavily in the residential estates. There has been a noticeable price rise in the real estate prices by up to 5 and 3.5 percent in Sydney and Melbourne respectively, over the last quarter. According to Robert Miller, MD BIS Shrapnel, there is an increase in the investor activity by 30 percent, as compared to last year. Continue reading


Energy bills continue to pop up in Britain

Jessica Winch and Steve Hawkes of the Daily Telegraph report a rise in energy bills of the British household by an average 9.2 percent. The changes are going to take effect from 23rd of November.

SSE hikes its prices

Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE) raised the gas prices by 8.4 per cent and electricity prices by 10.2 per cent. The price rise will increase the average annual bill of a duel fuel SSE customer from £1,354 to £1,460. That calculates to an annual rise of an average £106 to a British household. Continue reading


No change in the interest rates for October

Reserve bank of Australia (RBA) did not change the October cash rate from 2.50%. RBA has kept the official interest rate unchanged, for two months in a row. Experts say that there will be no more cuts. It will either be the same or it will start to rise.

Reason for constant rate

In the RBA meeting held at its headquarters in Sydney, the board has decided to keep the rate at record low of 2.5% and was partly, because of the high house price in the capital cities. The house prices started to hike after the election and the annual increase in the price is 0.5% for the five mainland states per week, accounting to 5.7% housing price rise. Sydney experienced an 8.0 % increase and Perth has the highest rise of 8.8%. The least increase in house price is seen in Adelaide with 0.1%. Continue reading


Effect of us shutdown on Australia

US shutdown has started from Tuesday, due to the unsettled negotiation between the Republicans and the White House. The US government effectively shut down at midnight in Washington as the two parties did not reach a deal on extending the budget. How will this shutdown affect Australia? For Australia, the initial effect of this shutdown will be small but will cause a drastic effect, if the situation prolongs. Continue reading


Zero interest loans

The superannuation industry act of 1993 states that unless the parties are dealing on arm’s length terms, a trustee must not invest.  A trustee can borrow from a member of the SMSF on a term of no arm length or more favorable to any other parties.

Low or no interest loan

The awareness of the zero interest loans is necessary for any superannuation savers with self managed funds.  The zero interest loans are made by the SMSF trustee under a limited recourse borrowing arrangement. Continue reading


Low Australian Dollar Yet to Affect Online Shopping

Canberra Times’ business columnist Elizabeth Knight recently spoke to David Jones boss, Paul Zahra, about the effect of online shopping on Australian retailers.

Zahra said that he believed Australian shoppers hadn’t yet fully realised they were paying more for their online overseas purchases and probably wouldn’t until they checked their monthly credit card statements.

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Call for Small Business Loans to Help Stay-At-Home Dads

Liberal MLA Giulia Jones has called for the ACT government’s small business loan scheme to be expanded to include stay-at-home fathers who wish to start a business.

The scheme provides micro loans of up to $3,000 for low income earners who want to start a business from home. It currently offers funding to a range of groups including women, young people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, migrants and gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex applicants.

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Online Lending Platforms Could Be the Banks of Tomorrow

Venture capital investors are now looking long and hard at the opportunities offered by new online lending platforms, which are springing up in opposition to the banks and traditional lenders.

One such US platform, Lending Club, has recorded more than US$2 billion in loans made to date, with others in the UK and Australia jostling for a position in this lucrative new marketplace.

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