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Past articles by Stephen:

Australia-EU free trade deal: How Aussies could get European cars for WAY cheaper, see big changes at the supermarket and reap the riches of a billion-dollar mining bonanza

Australians would pay less for a German petrol or diesel-powered car should a free trade deal with the European Union be reached by the end of 2023 after five years of tense negotiations. → Read More

Westpac shake-up is a terrible sign for Reserve Bank interest rates chief Philip Lowe

Reserve Bank boss Philip Lowe's chief economic adviser is moving to Westpac to become its head forecaster. Luci Ellis's departure from the RBA means Dr Lowe could also go soon. → Read More

The suburbs where Tesla drivers live in Australia as electric vehicle sales surge

While Tesla drivers are more likely to live on Sydney's north shore or Melbourne's inner-east, there is a surprising regional area by the coast that is embracing fully-electric cars. → Read More

Where is costs more to rent than pay off a mortgage in Australia despite rate rises

Renting is more expensive than paying off a mortgage - despite the rate rises - in some parts of Australia. They include pockets of the Gold Coast and affordable suburbs in Adelaide. → Read More

The simple trick to stop borrowers being ripped off by a bank as interest rates keep rising

Andy Lock, an engineering researcher, has revealed how switching banks saved him thousands of dollars a year. Australia's major banks have now relaxed their refinancing rules. → Read More

Karl Stefanovic loses it at the Reserve Bank and govt on Today Show

A fired-up Karl Stefanovic has accused the Reserve Bank of 'not giving a toss' about the millions of Australians struggling to keep their homes amid repeated rate rises. → Read More

Why one million Aussies are in danger of negative cash flow even with interest rates staying on hold

A million Australians with a mortgage are expected to be cash flow negative by Christmas, even if rates don't rise again. That's based on mortgage repayments and bills exceeding after-tax pay. → Read More

A Tesla outsells the Ford Ranger ute for the first time

The Tesla Model Y last month outsold the Ford Ranger for the first time ever, beating the ute that was Australia's bestseller in January, February and April. But one ute was still No.1 in Australia. → Read More

Interest rates Australia: Reserve Bank leaves interest rates on hold in July at 4.35 per cent

The Reserve Bank has paused the rate hikes for only the second time this year but the relief is likely to be short-lived. The cash rate remains at an 11-year high of 4.1 per cent after inflation moderated. → Read More

Mark Latham surfaces at The Ashes cutting a unique figure

A NSW politician who is regularly associated with controversy was seen at the Ashes in London wearing a green, floppy cloth hat, as he waited for his food order at the Lord's Cricket Ground. → Read More

Why $1.5 million is now the magic number in the Sydney property market

Sydney was last month Australia's best performing housing market despite another interest rate rise. Buyers also lost the choice of avoiding stamp duty for a home worth up to $1.5million. → Read More

Mark Bouris forecasts RBA rate hike

Financial expert Mark Bouris has made a grim prediction ahead of the Reserve Bank's decision on whether to raise the cash rate. → Read More

Units to buy Australia: Where you can buy an apartment near the beach for $90,000

Young people locked out of the housing market, who can work from home and don't want a big mortgage have options in Cairns in tropical far north Queensland where units are available for $90,000. → Read More

Tax return 2023: Millions of Australians can now claim cashback

Here's how Australians can make the most of their tax return as the new financial year kicks off. → Read More

Secrets of a retail worker who bought 18 properties by the age of 30

Ben Mafrici, who sells Hugo Boss suits, bought his first house when he was a 20-year-old part-time Coles worker who was stacking ice cream into freezers. He now owns 17 properties. → Read More

ABC finance guru Alan Kohler reveals why Reserve Bank of Australia should stop hiking rates

The ABC's veteran finance expert Alan Kohler is begging the Reserve Bank to stop raising rates -pointing out inflation was flat in May - on a monthly basis. → Read More

The Australian suburbs where AI is more likely to take jobs and create a middle class 'rust belt'

An analysis by Suburbtrends showed Melbourne home to 14 of the 20 worst affected postcodes for AI taking jobs, with Sydney taking four spots and regional NSW having two places → Read More

Australia's consumer price index inflation up 5.6 per cent in May, down from April's 6.8 per cent

Inflation is still at stubbornly high levels stirring fears of more interest rate rises. The consumer price index rose by 5.6 per cent in May, down from 6.8 per cent in April. → Read More

Working Holiday Maker visa price hike for backpackers in Australia from July 1

Backpackers in Australia wanting to enjoy a working holiday will have to pay $130 or 25 per cent for a visa from July 1. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is accused of 'scapegoating' fruit pickers. → Read More

Homeowner warning as Philip Lowe's protégé hints at more aggressive interest rate hikes

Michele Bullock - Philip Lowe's deputy who could soon replace him as Reserve Bank governor - has declared it would be 'much easier just to jack up interest rates' to tackle high inflation. → Read More