Posts by Fabio De Castro

Interest rate hikes? … Hit them with your best shot!

With interest rate rises the talk of the town, it’s time to consider your best defence. And what exactly is your greatest weapon against rising costs? The household budget of course! Knowing how much you earn and how much you spend is critical to staying on top financially. So, dust that spreadsheet off, and take…

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Should I invest in a commercial property?

While most investors think residential when they consider property investment, there is a case for investing in the commercial property sector: offices, warehouses, factories, and retail spaces. Often, the yields on commercial properties are higher. The average return on residential properties tends to sit currently at between 3-5%. For commercial properties it can be around…

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Family disputes over ‘loans’ are becoming more common.

Last year I wrote about the fact that the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ has steadily risen to become Australia’s fifth biggest lender, with almost 30% of parents helping their children get into the property market. So in many respects it was sad to see an article last week in Domain which reports that family…

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Teaching kids about cash, in a cashless world.

I’ve written before about what I think is a massive problem for young Australians – their lack of knowledge about money and finance. And it’s something that personally, I’m passionate about. And part of the reason that young people are ill-equipped, is that we’re ALL increasingly ‘disconnected’ from the cash we spend – we swipe…

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Four ways to pay off your loan sooner!

Many people simply make their allocated mortgage payment each month, but with a little extra diligence, you can pay off your loan much more quickly. Even as little as $100 extra repayment per month can make a big difference in the long term. Other tips include. Repay your mortgage more often By making fortnightly repayments…

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Peer to Peer Lending What is it? How do you use it?

Peer-to-peer (P2P) lending is becoming more popular in Australia. It involves borrowing money from individual investors. By lending their money, the investors usually get a more attractive return than they do on a lot of other investments, and for borrowers there is the advantage of generally lower interest rates than those offered by traditional lenders.…

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