Weekly Digest – 26 July 2022

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Mortgage payment struggles lie ahead for homeowners

RBA Deputy Governor Michelle Bullock estimates that 30 percent of homeowners will struggle to make mortgage payments as interest rates rise. Payment increases of 40 percent may be seen among homeowners who took advantage of record low fixed rates just five years ago.

Job market may be affected by economic uncertainty

Record numbers of employees are switching jobs in search of greater workplace satisfaction, but with rising inflation and cost of living, some experts say these uncertain economic times may not be the best time to make a move.

ATO reveals which industries are most likely to dodge taxes

The community misses out on about $11 billion in taxes each year. The ATO has released its findings on the industries most likely to contribute to the “shadow economy”.

Another interest rate hike from St. George

St. George increased its fixed interest rates for owner occupier and residential investment loans by up to 0.65 percentage points last week.

Rising interest rates make it difficult to make payments

Last week, NAB boss Ross McEwan urged customers struggling to pay their bills to contact them early on to try to find a solution. Rising rates have made it difficult for many people to pay their bills, and some wait until receiving their final notice to contact them for help.

Why it might be a good time to invest in property

The combination of lower property values and the promise of ever-rising interest rates may mean that it’s an opportune time to invest in property.

How much do you need to retire?

The “million-dollar rule” is likely a myth. The Sydney Morning Herald breaks down how much you actually need to save to retire here.

Even higher interest rates coming

All four of Australia’s big banks expect further interest rate hikes in both August and September. The trend is not unique, as economies around the world have been raising rates in an attempt to combat inflation.

Higher income correlates with fewer cars per household

New data shows that surprisingly, poorer Australians tend to have more cars per household than rich Australians, with the pattern obvious across all states. The trend is explained by higher income earners typically living in prime real estate areas, where a car may not be necessary.

Generational divides apparent when it comes to investment strategies

New research suggests that Gen Z are both the most cautious and the most daring when it comes to investing. The interesting result is likely due to some young people panicking by hoarding what they have, and others trying to achieve wealth by being bold.

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