Home loan discounts not always great

Tricks … Borrowers are being warned not to get lured in by heavily discounted home loan rates and instead drill down into the actual rate they will be paying. Picture: Supplied Source: Supplied FINANCIAL institutions desperate to snare new customers are offering record-breaking discounts of up to 1.65 per cent as competition in the mortgage […]

Is buying property with super smart?

Research … Putting all your eggs in one basket and investing in property within your super fund may not be the best way to go, experts say. Picture: Supplied Source: Supplied THE surge in Australians buying property through their self-managed super funds has prompted a warning from industry heavyweights. Latest Australian Taxation Office figures show […]

‘I want to take everyone’s money’

A World Series of Poker game in Las Vegas in 2002. Jennifer Harman won the Limit Hold’em event with a $5000 buy in, netting her more than $200,000 in prize money. Source: News Limited SHE’S an unusual sight in a sea of poker players donning sunglasses and baseball caps to hide their faces. A young […]

App That Aims To Make Books ‘Squeaky Clean’ Draws Ire From Edited Writers

i Writers lowered the boom on the broom — metaphorically, of course. iStockphoto hide caption itoggle caption iStockphoto Writers lowered the boom on the broom — metaphorically, of course. iStockphoto In a stroke of irony fit for fiction, an effort by two Idaho parents to clean up their daughter’s books has dredged up a fairly […]

After A Tough Election, Israel’s Netanyahu Looks To Ease Tensions

i Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to supporters following the country’s March 17 election. After a bruising campaign in which he faced considerable criticism, Netanyahu has taken a number of steps to try to ease tensions. Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images hide caption itoggle caption Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to supporters […]

LISTEN: A Cuban Protest Singer On The State Of U.S.-Cuba Relations

i Carlos Varela, a Cuban protest singer, poses for a picture at the bar of the historic Hotel Nacional in Havana. Eyder Peralta /NPR hide caption itoggle caption Eyder Peralta /NPR Carlos Varela, a Cuban protest singer, poses for a picture at the bar of the historic Hotel Nacional in Havana. Eyder Peralta /NPR Over […]

Yemen’s Turmoil Sparks Big Swings In The Global Oil Market

i Yemenis walk past near oil tankers that were burnt during clashes between Shiite Houthi rebels and their opponents in the capital, Sanaa, in September. Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes this week to counter the Houthis’ offensive. Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images hide caption itoggle caption Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images Yemenis walk past near oil tankers that were burnt […]

Thai Ruler Says He’s Prepared To End Martial Law

i Thai Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha attending the East Asia summit plenary session at Myanmar International Convention Center in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, in November. Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP hide caption itoggle caption Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP Thai Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha attending the East Asia summit plenary session at Myanmar International Convention Center in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, in November. […]

Nostalgic Cars: Sour Automotive Fruit Of Cuban Embargo Gets New Life

Daily traffic in Havana resembles a vintage car rally, even if does share the city streets these days Hyundais and Peugeots and rattletrap Russian Ladas. Eyder Peralta/NPR hide caption itoggle caption Eyder Peralta/NPR In Havana, Cuba, the old cars that crowd the streets used to symbolize a stagnant nation. Now enterprising Cubans have begun renting […]

Italy’s Highest Court Overturns Amanda Knox Conviction

i Amanda Knox prepares to leave the set following a television interview on Jan. 31, 2014. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption itoggle caption Mark Lennihan/AP Amanda Knox prepares to leave the set following a television interview on Jan. 31, 2014. Mark Lennihan/AP Italy’s highest court has overturned a murder conviction in the case of Amanda Knox. […]

Calif. Governor Can’t Make It Rain, But Can Make Relief Money Pour

i A worker kicks up dust as he drives a tractor at a farm on Aug. 22, 2014 near drought-stricken Firebaugh, Calif. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption itoggle caption Justin Sullivan/Getty Images A worker kicks up dust as he drives a tractor at a farm on Aug. 22, 2014 near drought-stricken Firebaugh, Calif. Justin Sullivan/Getty […]

Jury Rules Against Ellen Pao, Clearing Kleiner Perkins Of Discrimination

A California jury has ruled against Ellen Pao by finding that Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers did not discriminate against her because of her gender nor did the venture capital firm deny her a promotion because of her gender. Pao’s lawsuit was the highest-profile gender discrimination case to come out of Silicon Valley. USA Today […]