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Scams on the rise – how you can protect your money

Worrying new figures from the ABA show 37% of Australians have lost money to a scam, or have a family member, or close friend, who has. Here is what to do if you suspect you’ve been hacked.

Aussies slash credit card debt by $1.11 billion in lockdown

The national credit card debt accruing interest has fallen to its lowest level in almost two decades as Australians move to wipe debt in lockdown.

Citi enters Buy Now Pay Later race with Spot

Citi Australia has announced its new Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) product Spot, to be available from October for use anywhere Mastercard is accepted; online, in-store, overseas and in Australia.

Australia stuck in a rut as credit card debt hovers at $20 billion

Australians appear to be stuck in a debt rut with new RBA figures out today showing credit card debt accruing interest is hovering around $20 billion for the tenth month in a row.

Bank fees fall, but Australians still fork out $3.56 billion

Australians forked out $3.56 billion in personal bank fees last financial year, new figures from the RBA show. This equates to around $364 per household in bank fees a year.

PayPal dives into declining credit card market

The new credit card comes hot on the heels of PayPal’s new buy now, pay later service also scheduled to kick off in a matter of weeks.

Stubborn credit card debt sticks at $20 billion

Australians have wiped $6.96 billion of debt accruing interest off their credit cards in the year since COVID hit, however RBA data released today shows this figure is starting to plateau.

Travel spend on credit cards back thanks to trans-Tasman bubble

Credit card usage is making a resurgence compared to COVID-lows recorded this time last year, according to the latest Citi Australian Credit Card Index. April marks the third month in a row in which credit card spend was above COVID levels.

Credit card lending increasing, but yet to reach pre-COVID levels

Australians are understood to be spending more confidently on their credit cards, though not yet at the same rate as before the pandemic, according to recent statistics from the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA).

Spend on travel up as consumer confidence bounces back

Consumer confidence is back, and Aussies are using their plastic again for travel, with the latest Citi research showing spending increased 23 per cent month-on-month.