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With public hearings finished, insiders are making a last-ditch bid to either soften or sidetrack the final report of the banking royal commission, writes… Andrew Linden, RMIT University and Warren Staples, RMIT University As the final round of what the Twitterverse calls #BankingRC ended, two of Australia’s most highly respected business journalists sought to sum…

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Cars are an essential part of living, and let’s be honest, for most of us they’re the only real toys that we have as adults.   The problem is that from a financial point of view, they’re not the best asset to purchase, since the moment you pick up a new car from the dealership they’re…

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Banks have progressively tightened their lending criteria, frustrating investors who can’t source finance for their next purchase.  So let’s investigates 17 ways to break through the credit ceiling and increase your serviceability limit.  Since the mid nineties Australian mortgage providers have operated under regulatory guidelines designed to encourage responsible lending. One aspect of these guidelines…

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The economic underpinnings of the longstanding ‘four pillars’ policy are crumbling – soon there may no longer be four big banks, writes … Pat McConnell, Macquarie University It will be worth watching the final round of hearings at the banking royal commission, which begin on Monday. The chief executives of each of the big four…

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From dead animals to pesky, but very much alive, possums, Australia sure has some wacky property rules. Last week we covered eight of the more unusual property laws the API has heard about. In the second part of this report API explores seven more weird laws that investors have encountered. Did you know that in one state…