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$25,000 investment can access Sydney residential market in strategic suburb

Investors can access a stake in new apartments in the well located Sydney suburb of Epping for as little as $25,000 via the new “AusFunds Fractional Property Investment Platform”. The investment amount covers all associated costs such as fund setup,…

Fractional property investment market gathers momentum

Fractional property ownership is an alternative way to invest in the property market without owning it a hundred per cent. This is becoming the trend partly because of the increasing price of properties and because fractional ownership allows investors to…

Personal loan rates cut

Lenders may be putting up home loan rates but the trend in personal loans is down. With some offers now under 6 percent, consumers have an opportunity to move out of high-cost credit card finance or budget for a major…

Q&A 29 January 2019

Q: I was talking to a financial planner about life insurance and she was explaining that commission rates changed at the start of the year. I was not clear on the details. Can you explain? A: Under life insurance rules…

Mining Bitcoin now cost more than it is worth

Bitcoin is now worth less than the cost of ‘mining’ it, according to new research. JP Morgan Chase issued a report estimating that the cost of producing a Bitcoin was around US$4060, compared with the current market price of around…

Healthcare stocks led equity market in 2018

Healthcare was the standout industry on the Australian Securities Exchange last year, with stocks in the sector producing an average return of 18.3 per cent. Among the healthcare stocks, CSL was up 31 per cent and Resmed 44.9 per cent.…

Q&A 21 January 2019

Q: I read that the banking regulator has lifted restrictions on banks selling interest-only mortgages. Can you explain what has happened? A: In December the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority removed what it calls a “supervisory benchmark” on interest-only lending, with…

The best of The Rub 2018

To kick things off in the New Year, this special issue of The Rub includes some of our most popular articles of 2018. These stories deal with tax rules, including changes or proposed changes covering inherited property, negative gearing and…

Q&A 14 January 2019

Q: My husband died last year, leaving me the home he had owned for 20 years. I am planning to sell the house and move to an apartment, and I was thinking of taking advantage of the ‘downsizer’ rule to…

Octopus joins local renewables push

Octopus Investments, one of the largest investors in renewable energy in Europe with $4.6 billion in mainly solar and wind farm assets under management, is now looking to raise $180 million locally to invest in Australian renewable energy assets. The…