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It seems that while many people are embracing new payment systems that help to extricate finds from their wallets and bank accounts, they aren't quite as good at managing their finances as they should be. While banking apps and online payments are popular, tools for managing expenses are far less popular.


The government has received the report from the Royal Commission into the banking industry and the news is scathing. There will be massive changes to the industry, assuming the government heeds the advice of High Court justice and royal commissioner Kenneth Hayne for a number of major reforms. The reforms are wide-ranging and will impact almost everyone at some level. Here are some of the key issues that will impact consumer banking and financial services.


Although housing prices, according to some analysts, are cooling off, it's a fair bet that many of us are putting aside a significant portion of our salary on mortgage payments. We've crunched some numbers to determine where you should live if you want to have as much income left as possible once the bank takes their slice.


The stretch from December to January is so festive, so cheerful - and so expensive. There are the gifts for your family and friends, new outfits for dinners and parties, booze and food for your own shindigs, airfare or petrol, holiday cards... the list goes on. In my house, at least, the late-January credit bills always bring a horrified reckoning and promises to do better next year.


Together with Vlad Tenev, second-generation American Baiju Bhatt founded the stock brokerage service Robinhood, which lets users trade public stocks from their mobile devices without paying a commission or maintaining a minimum balance. Their app has over two million users. Baiju started Robinhood, his third company with Vlad, when he was just 27. Here's how he works.


Telsyte released an interesting report yesterday. Their research found almost two-thirds of the 263 IT decision makers they surveyed expected their budgets to increase this year. The main reason is the need to invest in big data and analytics tools to support sales and marketing, and to prepare for the data deluge that IoT will bring.


Perhaps more than any other topic, I've found incredible amounts of personal value from the philosophical school of thought known as stoicism. I find stoicism invaluable for navigating the modern world while maintaining any semblance of self-control. I consider the ideas within stoicism to be an essential part of my own financial life (and personal life, as well).


Dear Lifehacker, My fiancé and I recently moved back with our parents to save money for a house. We currently have a car on finance, and a personal loan for wedding deposits. My parents are advising us to pay off our loan FIRST before even looking at a house, however my fiancé’s parents are simply advising us to save up a deposit for a mortgage and then roll the loan into that mortgage so it's only one payment.


Getting hit up for a loan can make you feel like you're stepping into a minefield. In today's economy, it's easy to understand how someone can find themselves in a dark place financially. On the one hand, you want to help out a loved one who's in need.

On the other hand, you've heard the stories about loans gone wrong, with friendships ruined and families torn apart. Also, you may be depleting funds that you might need yourself, says Irene S. Levine, PhD, psychologist, author and producer of TheFriendshipBlog.com. Even if you're sure that the asker will pay you back, it's hard to know if you should proceed.