How to plug your money leaks

How to plug your money leaks

IT’S the little things that get missed when trying to figure out how your money magically disappears every month. Hundreds of dollars can leak from purses and wallets to pay for small regular items, finance specialists say, but there are ways to stop the flow. It’s now easier to plug money leaks as Australia transforms to a cashless society, with rapid growth of micropayments on credit cards and debit cards leaving a trail of almost all our spending. However, tap-and-go technology can also create more temptation. DAVID KOCH: Eight foolproof…

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Is it time for the Fed to shrink its $US4.5 trillion balance sheet?

Is it time for the Fed to shrink its $US4.5 trillion balance sheet?

Updated September 17, 2017 14:09:17 Photo: Will Wall Street throw another taper tantrum aft the Fed meeting this week? (Reuters: Carlo Allegri) Putting to one side all sorts of worrying messages about risk, Wall Street ploughed on to a record close on Friday and raised the prospects of a solid start to the week for the ASX as well. Markets on Friday’s close: ASX SPI 200 futures +0.3pc at 5,708, ASX 200 [Friday’s close] -0.8pc at 5,695 AUD: 80.01 US cents, 66.98 euro cents, 58.86 British pence, 88.65 Japanese yen,…

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Work half the time for same money

Work half the time for same money

IMAGINE discovering you could work half the number of hours you currently do, in a similar role, without losing any income. Alecia Braven had this revelation after giving up working full time to have children. With a background in law and investment banking, she became a freelance business consultant. Now a mum to Archie, 4, and Indigo, 2, she is never looking back. “Consulting gives me the best of both worlds,” Ms Braven said. “It allows me to be engaged on challenging corporate projects, while giving me the flexibility to…

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Remember Pokemon Go? It drove almost 790,000 people to Kings Park

Remember Pokemon Go? It drove almost 790,000 people to Kings Park

Posted September 16, 2017 08:34:36 Photo: Players flocked to Kings Park after it became a hotspot for rare Pokemons. (720 ABC Perth: Emma Wynne) Related Story: Pokémon gone: Kings Park lawns recover as craze subsides Related Story: Kings Park under siege from Pokemon infestation Every year, millions of visitors flock to Kings Park to enjoy spectacular views of Perth and the Swan River or enjoy its unique wildflowers and flora. But at least some of the extra attendees in a year of record visitation would not have looked up from…

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Big savings as banks slash rates

Big savings as banks slash rates

INTEREST rate uncertainty continues to spook Australian borrowers, who are rushing to lock in their home loans, encouraged by recent fixed rate cuts by major banks. Demand for fixed home loans has hit a four-year high, Mortgage Choice data shows, accounting for 31.05 per cent of all loans written in August. This was up from 29.63 per cent in July, according to mortgage Choice CEO John Flavell. DUMPED: Break up with your bank and save thousands “Demand is at its highest level since December 2013, when fixed loans accounted for…

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