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Oct. 17, 2018 — Daniel Graham

Greedy bankers, profit-driven corporates and a poorly resourced corporate regulator: Australia's scandal-ridden financial system.

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Oct. 4, 2018 — Nigel Bowen

How gaining control of your data might help you get a better deal from the banks.

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Government payments worth knowing about

Sept. 12, 2018 — Andy Kollmorgen

You may qualify and not even know it – so it pays to check.

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Are home insurance calculators accurate?

Sept. 7, 2018 — Linda Vergnani

They're handy for working out how much to insure your home for, but you can run the risk of being underinsured.

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CBA redraws the rules on loans

Sept. 4, 2018 — Daniel Graham

New rules will affect how the Commonwealth Bank calculates loan repayments and redraw balances. Here's what you need to know.

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Can you use your super to save for a home?

Aug. 23, 2018 — Melanie Hearse

The First Home Super Saver Scheme is supposed to make home ownership happen quicker for some, but it isn't right for everyone.

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Spare change and smartphone investing

Aug. 21, 2018 — Nigel Bowen

Lots of Australians have connected their bank account to a smartphone investing app called Raiz (formerly Acorns). Should you?

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Compare RACQ health insurance

Aug. 7, 2018

A health fund launched in 2018 in partnership with myOwn Health Fund, which is owned by GMHBA.

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Compare Kogan health insurance

July 26, 2018

An online-only health fund, in partnership with AHM owned by Medibank Private, which opened in 2018.

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Should you get health insurance for braces?

July 9, 2018 — Daniel Graham

Is getting extras cover for orthodontics really worth it? And if it is, how do you find the best insurance for braces?

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Bank fees still worth billions

June 25, 2018 — Andy Kollmorgen

Despite a focus on unfair fees in recent years, some banks continue to gouge customers.

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HBF cuts around the corner

June 19, 2018 — Uta Mihm

From 1 July health insurer HBF will cut cover for obesity surgery, dialysis and other services for some policies

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How effective are bank 'customer advocates'?

June 4, 2018 — Alice Richard

Toothless tigers or champions for fairness – we investigate.

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How to lodge a bank dispute

May 16, 2018 — Andy Kollmorgen

Should you be seeking compensation for misconduct?

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Budget 2018

May 8, 2018 — Daniel Graham

With $24 billion spent on roads and railways and a big pre-election tax cut, here's what the 2018 Federal Budget means for you.

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