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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.

953 articles written by Mark Bristow

Superannuation

Super trustees in breach of transparency requirements

To ensure compliance with transparency requirements around super fund websites, the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) has intervened in relation to 21 of Australia’s superannuation trustees.

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05 Jul, 2017 -

2 min read

Credit Cards

Small businesses to start phasing out surcharges

Getting charged extra at the checkout when you pay with your plastic should largely become a thing of the past by the end of the year, with the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) preparing to enforce new laws on credit card surcharges by small businesses.

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04 Jul, 2017 -

2 min read

Superannuation

Final stage of super review now underway

The federal government is briefly shifting its attention from Australia’s banking systems to its superannuation providers, commencing the final stages of a review into the efficiency and competitiveness of the superannuation system.

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03 Jul, 2017 -

2 min read

Savings Accounts

Statements heard at competition inquiry

The initial stages of the Productivity Commission inquiry into competition in Australia’s financial system are now underway, with regulatory and industry bodies making statements to a roundtable hearing held in Melbourne yesterday.

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30 Jun, 2017 -

3 min read

Home Loans

Are eight RBA cash rate rises really likely?

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29 Jun, 2017 -

3 min read

Superannuation

Industry confident but cautious around online super forms

Starting a new job often means a tour of your new workplace, some awkward co-worker introductions, and digging out your superannuation details to fill out a complex set of paper forms. Upcoming changes to payroll requirements from the Australian Tax Office (ATO) could help to digitally streamline the superannuation selection process, though some industry bodies are concerned that important consumer protections could be overlooked.

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28 Jun, 2017 -

2 min read

Home Loans

Investors finding affordable suburbs in South West WA

Faced with challenging rental markets in Perth, Western Australian property investors may find more opportunities in the state’s South West region, according to the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia (REIWA).

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27 Jun, 2017 -

2 min read

Home Loans

Older Aussies face housing crisis

If you thought Australia’s housing affordability crisis was mainly a millennial problem, think again – many older Australians, pensioners and retirees are also experiencing housing stress, according to an Australian seniors advocate.

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26 Jun, 2017 -

2 min read

Home Loans

SA budget bounds onto bank-bashing bandwagon

The South Australian government has come under fire from the banking industry for adding a major bank levy to its state budget that closely mirrors the controversial Major Bank Levy that recently passed in federal parliament.

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23 Jun, 2017 -

2 min read

Home Loans

Housing boom cools, WA stabilising

New home building is forecast to slow over the remainder of the year, according to the latest housing industry reports from Housing Industry Association (HIA).

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22 Jun, 2017 -

2 min read