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Mark Bristow

Personal Finance Editor

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Mark Bristow is RateCity's Home & Personal Finances Editor, and an experienced analyst, researcher, and producer. Focused primarily on Australian mortgage and home loan expertise, he has been a journalist and writer in the financial space for over ten years, previously researching and writing commercial real estate at CoreLogic. In the years since, Mark has worked for the Winning Group, Expedia, and has seen articles published at Lifehacker and Business Insider.

960 articles written by Mark Bristow

Home Insurance

What home insurance do I need for an apartment?

Many apartments are already covered by strata insurance, so you may not need to apply for a traditional home insurance policy to cover damage to the property. However, strata insurance may not always offer the cover you need. If you’re one of the 10% of Australians who live in apartments, it could be worth comparing contents insurance policies and other options.

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26 Apr, 2024 -

4 min read

Home Loans

What to expect from the RBA meeting in May 2024

After taking a break in April 2024 due to the new RBA meeting schedule, the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) will be back to meet in May to decide whether any changes to Australia’s monetary policy will be required. 

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26 Apr, 2024 -

6 min read

Home Loans

Will inflation push back rate cuts this year?

The latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show that Australia’s annual inflation rate is continuing to decline. But will it be enough for a long-awaited interest rate cut to arrive before the year’s end?

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24 Apr, 2024 -

3 min read

Home Loans

Cashback home loan deals in April 2024

Looking for a cashback deal? They’re not as easy to come by as they used to be. With only a limited number of home loan cashback offers available for consideration, it's more important than ever to compare your options before deciding, so you can be confident you’re getting a deal that suits your needs.

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Mark Bristow -

19 Apr, 2024 -

5 min read

Savings Accounts

Are you spending smarter? How saving can affect your budget

New data has revealed some of the spending and saving strategies that Australians are using to help manage cost of living pressures. But how could the way you manage these savings affect your household budget and financial goals?

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12 Apr, 2024 -

3 min read

Term Deposits

Some of the top-rated term deposits in April 2024

When working out where to invest or deposit your money, should a term deposit get a look-in? While term deposit returns may not be the highest of all investment options, their relative reliability and security could make them worth considering.

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12 Apr, 2024 -

3 min read

Savings Accounts

Some of the top-rated savings accounts in April 2024

How long will you be able to make the most of the interest on your savings account? With economists forecasting interest rate cuts later in the year, the days of making maximum interest returns on your wealth may be numbered. There are a few different savings strategies you could consider, which could better suit some household budgets than others.

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10 Apr, 2024 -

3 min read

Home Loans

Some of the top-rated home loans in April 2024

While interest rates are important, Australia’s borrowers, first home buyers, investors and refinancers may also want to compare more than just rates when looking at home loans. When comparing home loan features and benefits, it’s important to consider which of these extras may offer you the most value in your financial situation, and help you to achieve your personal goals.

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Mark Bristow -

10 Apr, 2024 -

3 min read

Personal Loans

Some of the top-rated personal loans in April 2024

Australians are reportedly moving away from personal loans, in a partial reversal of an earlier uptick in lending activity earlier in the year. While new data shows a decline in personal lending overall, there are still competitive personal loans available for borrowers who know where to look.

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Mark Bristow -

09 Apr, 2024 -

3 min read

Car Loans

Some of the top-rated car loans in April 2024

In every month of 2024 so far, Australians have broken a record for the number of vehicle purchases. A general swing towards electric vehicles (EVs) and other greener vehicles has also been recorded, with fuel-efficient technologies becoming more and more popular.

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09 Apr, 2024 -

3 min read