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As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to financially test households across the country, recent research has shown there might be one generation that’s finding it harder than others. According to new research by J.D Power, millennials are more likely to be financially stressed compared to older Aussies. Almost half (41%) of millennials reported to have high or moderate levels of stress. One in five also said they were dissatisfied with their current financial situation and struggle with managing their finances.“Millennial finances have been hardest hit by the pandemic and it will take time for their personal financial condition to recover,” said Bronwyn Gill, head of banking and payments intelligence at J.D. Power Australia. But despite these feelings of uncertainty, 16% of millennials have taken the initiative to switch banks within the last twelve months. Lack of competitive interest rates and too many fees were two of the top reasons for switching at 15% and 13%, respectively. A bank’s reputation was also of high importance to 6% of younger Aussies, as they would be willing to switch based on how often banks were negatively represented in the media.
Whether you’re new to plastic or well seasoned, you have asked yourself: will I save by paying no annual fee on my credit card? Well, that all depends on your spending habits. According to the Mozo database, credit card annual fees range from $0 to $1,200. In some instances it may be more cost effective to pay no fee and save the amount annually. But on the other hand, it could be better to pay a fee and offset it in rewards and perks or a lower interest rate. The simple way to find out if you’ll actually save money with a no annual fee credit card is to determine what type of spender you are. How exactly? Check out this scenario …
Border closures caused by the coronavirus pandemic are expected to impact housing demand by between 129,000 and 232,000 dwellings over the next three years, according to new research by the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC).Housing demand in capital cities is typically fuelled by population growth, but the NHFIC estimates Australia’s population could fall by up to 214,000 between 2019 and 2021. This would represent the steepest decline since World War I.Driving this contraction is the closure of international borders, which has brought the number of people arriving to Australia’s shores to a near standstill. This has been most keenly felt in the capital cities, where new arrivals tend to gravitate. Last year, 84% of migrants to Australia settled in a capital city, with three quarters opting for Sydney or Melbourne. The decrease in underlying demand adds to the mounting problems currently facing the construction sector. After about 162,000 homes were built in 2019, the NHFIC estimates this could drop to 137,000 this year, and 108,000 in 2021.
With faster international money transfers becoming even more of an essential during COVID-19, PayPal and Visa have stepped in with a payments option that could reduce your wait time from days down to minutes.
Today, Aussie lender NOW FINANCE introduced a no fee feature on its personal loan. That’s right, no fees. For customers applying for the NOW FINANCE Unsecured Personal Loan, and borrowing between $5,000 and $15,000, there are no fees at all. Meaning borrowers won’t pay establishment fees, ongoing fees or an early repayment penalty. However, for loans over $15,000 customers will pay fees, including a $495 upfront cost and $13 monthly service fee. So, if you’re on the hunt for a small personal loan, introduce yourself to NOW FINANCE’s newest fee-free offer:
Here at Mozo we reckon buying and selling preloved all year round is not only good for the planet, but also for your wallet. So we took a look at Gumtree’s latest Secondhand Economy Report to see what items Aussies are most interested in buying or selling used.
Interest rates for term deposits have felt a bit like a free falling roller coaster for the past few months. The good news is these relentless cuts might actually be slowing down. Or in other words, we might be coming to the end of the ride.
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