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How is your credit score affected by COVID-19?

If you’re one of the many Australians financially impacted by COVID-19, who have deferred $218 billion worth of payments this year – fear not. Your credit score is unlikely to be affected by payment deferrals or mortgage holidays due to the current state of the world.  While that’s good news, it’s still important to maintain a high credit score by understanding how it’s calculated and what you can do to maintain it in future.  So, what is a credit score?  A credit score is a number between zero and 1200 that reflects how much money you have borrowed, the way...
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SMSFs on the defensive: Is it time to revisit your strategy?

Self-managed super funds (SMSFs) have had a challenging year, with COVID-19 linked market uncertainty affecting income and returns. But SMSF trustees haven’t been sitting on their hands.  One of the main reasons people give for wanting to establish an SMSF is to have greater control of their investments and taking control of a difficult situation is exactly what they’ve been doing.    Changes to asset allocation  According to the 2020 Vanguard/Investment Trends SMSF investment report, nearly half of SMSFs made substantial changes to their asset allocation this year.  The survey of over 3000 SMSF trustees shows most reacted defensively, with 55...
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Switching home loans

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Refinancing your home loan to take advantage of a lower interest rate might save you money. Before you switch, make sure the benefits outweigh the costs....
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