Mark Bristow is a senior financial writer for RateCity. Working for over ten years, Mark previously wrote and researched commercial real estate at CoreLogic, consumer technology at Appliances Online, and most recently, personal finance for RateCity. Whatever the topic, Mark’s goal is always to provide simple solutions to complex problems.
While many Australians know what they want when they’re buying a home, far fewer have a wishlist in mind when it comes to comparing home loans.
Mark BristowSenior Financial Writer/author/undefinedOct 8, 2019( 3 min read )
If you’re looking for a new bank, there’s plenty of competition to choose from, including big banks and smaller local banks. But what about credit unions? What are the main differences between a credit union and a bank, and what are their advantages and disadvantages?
Mark BristowSenior Financial Writer/author/undefinedSep 20, 2019( 3 min read )
With most marriage celebrations costing in the tens of thousands of dollars, could a personal loan be a competitive option for hosting the wedding of your dreams?
Mark BristowSenior Financial Writer/author/undefinedAug 21, 2019( 6 min read )
If you want a simple way to earn a little money on your savings, what should you look for when choosing a bank account?
Mark BristowSenior Financial Writer/author/undefinedAug 9, 2019( 3 min read )
Following recent cash rate cuts from the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), many banks have slashed their home loan interest rates to new lows.
Mark BristowSenior Financial Writer/author/undefinedJul 30, 2019( 3 min read )
Australia’s renters on the east coast may need to look a bit further afield to find more affordable places to live, with a new report revealing that the cheapest rents are found in Adelaide and Perth. Property investors however, may welcome news that the highest rents can be found in Canberra and Sydney.
Mark BristowSenior Financial Writer/author/undefinedJul 15, 2019( 3 min read )
If you’ve been known to make the occasional cheeky bet, you soon may no longer be able to do so using a Macquarie Bank credit card.
Mark BristowSenior Financial Writer/author/undefinedJun 29, 2019( 2 min read )
Australia’s banks have been recently taking steps to lend money more responsibly, making it that little bit harder for some Aussies to get a home loan. However, according to the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), this tightening of lending standards may be partially responsible for a recent increase in the number of Australians falling into arrears on their mortgage repayments.
Mark BristowSenior Financial Writer/author/undefinedJun 21, 2019( 3 min read )
End of financial year is a popular time to buy cars, with many dealerships offering end of financial year sales (EOFYS). However, it’s important to be aware of the true value offered by a cheap deal, both in terms of the vehicle you’re buying and car loan you’re using to pay for it.
Mark BristowSenior Financial Writer/author/undefinedJun 14, 2019( 3 min read )
Speculation is building that the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) may soon cut the nation’s cash rate for the first time in years. While many home owners and property investors may welcome this news, what effect would a rate cut have on Australians keeping their wealth in saving accounts or term deposits?
Mark BristowSenior Financial Writer/author/undefinedJun 2, 2019( 4 min read )