Finance

RBA Discussing Measures to Cool ‘Unbalanced’ Housing Market

Australia’s central bank said investors are starting to distort the nation’s housing market and is discussing possible measures with other regulators to strengthen lending practices. “The composition of housing and mortgage markets is becoming unbalanced, with new lending to investors being out of proportion to rental housing’s share of the housing stock,” the Reserve Bank…

Personal finance tips: When to buy a new car, and more

Deciding to retire early Stocks have been on a tear, said Liz Moyer at The Wall Street Journal, and the five-year bull market has allowed many investors to “at least ponder the possibility” of retiring early. But there are some important questions to ask before you cash in your nest egg ahead of schedule. First, have you…

Export Financing Programs to Help Grow Your Business

Tapping into international markets is one way to expand your customer base and grow your small business exponentially. However, small businesses face many barriers to exporting including high shipping costs, unfair trade policies by other countries, cultural differences and other challenges. To help small businesses overcome these obstacles and mitigate the risk of exporting, the…

The 4 Companies You Hate the Most

There aren’t many companies that consumers generally love, but whether it’s controversial operating practices, notorious executives or unpopular business models, there are plenty of companies that aren’t doing right by consumer perceptions. Every year, Consumerist offers up 32 candidates to see determine the business that is the most despised. Companies are paired up in tournament fashion,…

5 Ways to Tell if You Are Ready to Retire Early

Early retirement sounds pretty good when you’re stuck in a cubicle counting down the hours until the weekend. If you don’t enjoy your job anymore and are looking forward to spending more time pursuing your own agenda, early retirement can be ideal. The challenge is that you need to save up for it and make…

BlackRock’s Linker Demand Looks Past Europe’s Subdued Inflation...

Italy’s inflation-linked government bonds are outperforming conventional securities by the most in three years as investors disregard subdued increases in consumer prices in their hunt for value in euro-region debt markets. Italian index-linked bonds returned 8.6 percent this year through yesterday, exceeding the 7.5 percent gain on nominal securities, according to Bank of America Merrill…

One Easy Way to Make Free Money While Shopping Online

For the past seven years, I’ve made money off of every online purchase I’ve made. It wasn’t because I’m incredibly talented at finding coupon codes, patient enough to wait for sales or secretly running an eBay business in my home. It was because I’ve been taking advantage of cash-back shopping, and often combined those savings…