The past year has been amazing and 2019 promises to be even more exciting! We look forward to sharing more news, tips and products with you in 2019.
In the meantime, we thought we would share our most popular stories for the year. Read on to discover our top 7 most read articles for 2018.
1. Meet Lodex's Founders – Mic & Bill
We wanted to give you a little insight into the masterminds behind Lodex.co Besides having the desire to flip the financial industry on its head and challenge the status quo they are genuinely great guys.
"Financial Services are undergoing a huge revolution, the first really since the inception of banks. This process has accelerated in the last decade due to data availability and the digital world we live in. Lodex is designed with exactly this vision in mind, to make use of the most recent technologies."
2. Australian Attitudes Towards Money & Love - Survey
To better understand how our romantic and financial lives intersect, Greater Bank commissioned a survey of over 1,500 Australian adults; asking a series of questions around their attitudes towards money in the context of romantic relationships. Topics included dating, banking, marriage and children. Following are some of the more revealing findings.
- Finances are a cause of tension for 82% of couples
- When dating 44% of men pay the bill
- 95% of participants rated being careless with money as one of the top 5 most frustrating financial behaviours in a romantic partner
- 71% would prefer dating someone with less money who is more attractive
3. How Would Higher Mortgage Rates Impact the Housing Market?
Our friends a CoreLogic conducted a research and market analysis and created a report delving into the property market and mortgage rates.
"Increasingly over recent years the mortgage lending environment and the rate of escalation in dwelling values, particularly in Sydney and Melbourne has been called out by the RBA as risks to the financial stability of the Australian economy."
4. Delving into Comprehensive Credit Reporting - Q&A with Experian
We had a chat with Tristan Taylor, General Manager of Credit Services at Experian Australia/New Zealand, who shared some insights and delved into what it really means for you.
"The introduction of CCR is an overwhelmingly beneficial change for Australian borrowers, so it’s important they understand how today’s decisions, such as making credit repayments on time, can have an impact on their credit scores".
5. Q&A With Good Shepherd Microfinance - All About Financial Inclusion
Adam Mooney, Good Shepherd Microfinance's CEO, was kind enough to give us 15 minutes of his time to talk about the amazing initiatives Good Shepherd is driving, five tips for people in a challenging financial situation and some of their goals to help more Australians.
"During 2017, there was a 15 percent increase in the number of people taking out a NILS loan – but we know that we’re only reaching a small proportion of the demand. We’re aiming to reach more than 100,000 people through NILS. Loans are available to people earning under $45,000 who have a healthcare or pension card. The loans are upto $1,500 to purchase essential items or services and are available through a national network of community organisations."
6. Do You Know How Much You Can Borrow?
If you are considering taking a loan, a Borrowing Power Calculator can help you get a grasp of what the optimal amount you should borrow. By logging your expenses and income, the calculator will give you an estimate of how much you can borrow based on your current financial situation. Try it out here.
7. Lodex Life Hacks: Personal Finance Calculators
We introduced seven Personal Finance Calculators to help you organise your finances.
Using calculators can give you a clear view of your financial health and help you make decisions that will suit your objectives and budget.
Not sure what calculator is right for you? Then click here and play with the different calculators and benefit from the insights.
What were your favourites? Leave your comments below :)