Here’s some promising news for big and small businesses alike: six-month loan deferrals are now available to larger businesses on the condition that they don’t terminate leases or evict tenants for falling behind on their rent due to COVID-19. (more…)

This is one article we hope you never have to read. But if COVID-19 has impacted your income to the point where you may need to pause your mortgage repayments, then we’ve broken down the banks’ deferral policies for you. (more…)

If your small business is being affected by the coronavirus your loan repayments will be deferred for six months, says the Australian Banking Association (ABA).

ABA CEO Anna Bligh today announced a small business relief package from Australia’s banks.

“Small businesses can rest assured that if they need help, they will get it,” Ms Bligh said. (more…)

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has cut the cash rate to a record low of 0.25% following an emergency meeting due to the impact the coronavirus is having on the economy.

RBA Governor Philip Lowe said in a statement the move was due to the virus causing “major disruptions to economic activity across the world”. (more…)

Homeowners who have had their income impacted by the coronavirus outbreak are being encouraged to seek out hardship options with their lender.

The economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak is evolving daily, if not hourly, across the Australian financial landscape. (more…)

Small businesses all around the world are facing uncertain times. However, rather than shutting up shop until COVID-19 passes, the federal government is hoping to stimulate SME spending through a raft of initiatives and tax incentives.

Indeed, the government estimates its two new business investment initiatives have the capacity to support more than 99% of businesses across Australia (3.5 million SMEs).

Basically, it’s hoping these measures will encourage SME owners to “stick with investments they had planned, and encourage them to bring investment forward to support economic growth over the short term”.

Let’s take a look at what they involve. (more…)

SME owners concerned about the coronavirus outbreak impacting their cash flow are being urged to talk to their creditors as soon as possible.

Earlier this month the RBA cut the official cash rate by 25 basis points to a new record low of 0.50% due to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on global financial markets. (more…)

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has cut the official cash rate by 25 basis points to a new record low of 0.50% as the coronavirus outbreak impacts global financial markets.

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Non-major lenders have started offering another 5,000 slots for the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme, which allows first home buyers to purchase a property with a deposit of 5% without having to pay Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI).

The scheme, which is overseen by the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC), kicked-off on 1 January but only 5,000 spots were initially available through two major banks – NAB and CBA.

NHFIC CEO Nathan Dal Bon says the additional 25 lenders are located around the country and will provide first home buyers with a range of choices.

“More places are now available to help first home buyers purchase a modest home sooner,” Mr Dal Bon adds.

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Tens of thousands of Aussies have an extra reason to love Valentine’s Day this year, with their credit scores set to jump after civil court filings disappear from their credit file.

According to consumer and financial law firm MyCRA Lawyers, the change will allow some people to get credit where previously they were rejected, or simply negotiate lower interest rates.

MyCRA Lawyers CEO Graham Doessel says for years borrowers have had their bank funding cut off or rejected because of trivial and vexatious civil court actions that judged them guilty until proven innocent.

“Now only judgments can be recorded on someone’s credit file and those judgments must relate to ‘credit’ to impact someone’s credit rating,” Mr Doessel says.

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