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Banking & Investment

Deferrals of failed payments will not incur a bad credit rating: ABA

Loan repayment deferrals and deferred payments on any other credit product during the COVID-19 crisis will not incur a bad credit rating, says the Australian Banking Association.

Banking & Investment

Banks and the ATO extending a helping hand in your time of need

Australians expecting to do it tough during the coronavirus pandemic are receiving a helping hand from banks and the Australian Tax Office, which are both providing assistance measures and support in the wake of a crisis.

Banking & Investment

One in five Australians caught out the rate cut that never came

Nearly one in five Australians was left hanging after making financial decisions to prepare for a rate cut that never came, according to new research.

Relationships

Should you check your partner’s credit rating?

Many divorces could be avoided if couples did a credit check on their partner before they tied the knot or moved in together, says a leading Australian Consumer and Financial law firm.

Age Pension

How does Centrelink assess a lump-sum loan repayment?

What happens when you borrow money, then lend it to one of your children and they can’t pay it back? Then what happens after you’ve covered their repayments and they pay you back? How does Centrelink assess this? Noel Whittaker has the answer.

Centrelink News

Centrelink’s controversial robo-debt scheme hits new low

Centrelink’s scheme has been ramped up a notch, according to a top QC, who says information about the time limit on alleged debts has been ‘misleading’.

Centrelink News

Pensioners could be Centrelink’s next target: leaked documents

Leaked documents obtained by Guardian Australia show that pensioners could be robo-debt’s next target, under a proposed expansion of Centrelink’s automated debt collection program.

Age Pension

What to do if you get a Centrelink debt notice

Phillip has been told he is in debt for Age Pension overpayments and wants to know how to challenge the ruling.

Finance

Key lenders promise to improve credit card practices

Credit card providers have vowed to improve their practices in the wake of a damning report that found more than one in six consumers were struggling with debt.

Credit Cards

Explained ... credit card switcheroos

While there is no limit to the number of times you can relocate your card debt to reduce the interest you pay, there are some pitfalls to watch out for.

Finance

Senate inquiry set to probe actions of debt vultures

A Senate inquiry that starts today will focus on debt vultures – those unscrupulous agencies offering to fix bad credit ratings or to manage debt, but delivering little.

Finance

Here are six ways to keep your spending on track

Many of us have had years of experience managing our finances, but it’s never too late to hone our skills and learn new ways to have more control over our money.

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