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Need a helping hand? Don’t get sucked in

The Age – by Christine Long From payday loans to funeral insurance, some financial products come with a warning – and the warning reads: BEWARE, writes Christine Long. Adam Mooney, chief executive of Good Shepherd Microfinance, says high-cost lenders target people on low incomes with “promises of fast cash and online same-day approval”. However, with interest rates as high as 240 [ More ]

Combined Insurance: critics say it’s tip of iceberg

Insurance News Fraud allegations against Combined Insurance have led to consumer groups suggesting fraudulent sales practices could be endemic within the insurance industry.  A former employee of Combined, the Australian operations of which were merged with Ace in 2010, has alleged agents desperate to maximise commissions systematically duped customers, including vulnerable Australians. The Financial Rights Legal Centre told such [ More ]

A little self-knowledge can go a long way

SMH Money – by John Collett Our financial decisions are coloured by emotions, biases and by the people with whom we associate – our peers. Some prefer to live in the moment and not think too much about the future. Some of us make decisions more on “gut feel” than solving problems rationally. It is well-established by psychological research that in [ More ]

Life insurance providers sweating on Trowbridge inquiry

THE AUSTRALIAN – by Andrew Main – Senior Business Reporter Australia’s Life Insurance industry providers will learn this morning what actuary and industry veteran John Trowbridge is recommending to overhaul the way life insurance is sold. Something had to happen because regulator ASIC last year handed down a scathing report on how life insurance is sold, finding that in many cases [ More ]

Aussie John contests data grab claims

Katherine Lane, the principal solicitor at the NSW Financial Legal Rights Centre warns consumers people to avoid the website by requesting their credit reports directly from credit reporting bureaus. She said that in privacy terms people using the site were paying a high price for a free report as they were likely to be bombarded with product offers. She also [ More ]

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