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August 1 changes: you’ll need a PIN

August 1 changes: you’ll need a PIN

It wasn’t that long ago when you used your signature on a daily basis. From bank cheques, letters, traveller cheques and credit cards, only when you signed the dotted line your approval was granted. Times are changing. From 1st August, you’ll need a PIN for most credit card and debit card transactions in Australia. The signature as a form of […]

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No sign of interest rate rises – but that could be bad news for FiftyUps

No sign of interest rate rises – but that could be bad news for FiftyUps

If you didn’t know any better, you’d assume from the blanket coverage of interest rate movements that everybody in the country has a mortgage and we’re all desperate for rates to go down, down, down. But the reality is that about one-third of Australians – many of them FiftyUps – have paid off their mortgage. If that’s you, you may […]

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You have the Power

You have the Power

Some of you noticed, some of you didn’t. But a couple of weeks ago on July 1, your power bill went up. In Queensland, it went up by an average of almost $200 a year. Australia gave Tony Abbott a mandate last September to abolish the Carbon Tax on the basis it would reduce our power bills. Clive Palmer has now […]

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Carbon Tax Update: What on earth is going on?

Carbon Tax Update: What on earth is going on?

Is Today the Day?  The latest news reports the Senate is working through proposed amendments to the carbon tax repeal bills and is likely to vote before 2:00pm eastern time.  Since Clive Palmer’s spectacular double back-flip on the Carbon Tax, it’s been impossible to work out what will happen next. It was only two weeks ago that Palmer announced, alongside Al Gore, that […]

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