The five biggest property buying fails and how to avoid them

BUYING your forever home is one of life’s most exciting and emotional milestones. But it is also going to be your biggest commitment. And in a competitive property market, the emotions of home buying can be amplified, making it even easier for first home hopefuls to make mistakes that could cost thousands. These are the five most common buying fails property punters make, according Darren Piper, director of Universal Buyers Agents, and how to avoid them. FALLING IN LOVE Getting […]

Australian banks lead digital global race

AUSTRALIAN banks are outperforming their peers in North America and Europe as the transition to digital services rolls out but a new report has found there is still more work to do. The top 10 banks, including Commonwealth Bank, ANZ, National Australia Bank, Westpac and one mutual bank, are offering retail customers a wider range of account products online compared to their international counterparts, according to a new report by software developer for the banking industry Avoka. Avoka’s second annual […]

Industry super funds warn of savings cash grab by the big banks

THE battle to manage the retirement savings of five million Aussie workers who are currently members of not-for-profit superannuation funds has intensified. At stake is half a trillion dollars held by industry funds, which big banks want available to their retail super outlets. The industry funds are today launching a campaign aimed at politicians, warning that giving banks greater access to the savings is akin to letting foxes into the henhouse. The Federal Government is under pressure to reject attempts […]