Many metropolitan business have got cooperatives down to a fine art, but it's in the bush that the business model can have a real and lasting impact.
A number of housing industry insiders issue a warning about curbing negative gearing, with mortgage company boss "Aussie John" Symond saying it has to be treated "very carefully".
Existing interest-only borrowers subsidised the big banks' revenue to the tune of more than a billion dollars over the past year after they were hit with a "synchronised" rate rise by the big four.
Australia is rapidly edging towards the sharpest downturn in property prices since the last recession. And new data reveals some neighbourhoods are feeling the pain much more than others.
AMP's new boss Francesco De Ferrari says he has not worked in an organisation that has not made mistakes, but the test for his tenure will be how quickly the company fixes its errors.
As many as half the people seeking financial counselling to cope with unsustainable debts are being turned away, and the sector wants the banks causing the problems to pay for more counsellors.
The Australian Financial Complaints Authority only began at the start of November, but it has already been flooded with more than 6,500 complaints — that's an average of 310 every business day.
Australia is in a property downturn that rivals 1989 — when interest rates were 17 per cent, unemployment was rising and the economy heading for recession. So why is the market so weak in the midst of economic good times?
As a social scientist, Margaret Kerans has lived as a pioneer — but as her curious mind started to fade, her daughter found loan documents and a financial mess she blames on Australia's biggest bank.