Tom keeps a keen eye on all things personal finance while completing his Bachelor of Communications in journalism at the University of Technology. When Tom's not writing up the financial news of the day, he keeps readers up to date with everything from savings accounts to credit cards and student saving tips. In his spare time he plots travel adventures, indulges his football addiction and tries to keep on top of his ever-growing reading list. You can find Tom tweeting from @TomasAKWatson.
Tuesday 21 March 2017
With the Easter holiday period fast approaching and winter steadily on its way, now’s the time to get your holiday plans in order for the rest of 2017! Unfortunately as Australians we’re at a bit of a disadvantage given our distance from basically everywhere (sigh), and the cost it takes us to get there (also sigh).
Monday 20 March 2017
In confirmation that the old adage ‘money can’t buy you happiness’ might well be true (to a degree), a new report from RaboDirect has found that the happiest Australians are not the ultra-rich, but rather those who make a bit more than average.
Friday 17 March 2017
In bad news for borrowers, the National Australia Bank has lifted both its variable owner occupier and residential investment home loan rates by as much as 25 basis points, with Mozo data estimating the move will earn the bank an extra $28 million in interest each month.
Wednesday 15 March 2017
Self-managed super fund (SMSF) investors have been urged to shop around when it comes to SMSF savings and term deposit accounts, with new research showing a difference of up to 1.40% in interest rates between accounts.
Tuesday 14 March 2017
Energy provider Lumo Energy has today announced that its residential Queensland customers will be transitioned over to sister company Red Energy.
Friday 10 March 2017
A predicted 20% drop in annual gas production between 2017 and 2021 could have a considerable impact on the energy sector and consumer supply, a new report has revealed.
Thursday 09 March 2017
RateSetter, Australia’s second largest peer-to-peer-lender, has announced the appointment of former ING Direct CEO Vaughn Richtor to its Board of Directors as a non-executive director.
Wednesday 08 March 2017
It’s official Sydneysiders, not that we weren’t already aware of it, but the 2016/17 summer was the hottest on record for the city with a mean temperature 2.8°C above the average.
Tuesday 07 March 2017
Uber-loving banking customers across Australia are in for a pleasant surprise, with the ride-sharing giant teaming up with Westpac in an exclusive deal which will give select customers every 4th ride they take with Uber free (well free-ish).
Friday 03 March 2017
In a move aimed at making it easier for young, regional Victorians to remain in their communities, the Victorian state government has today announced a doubling of the first home owners grant from $10,000 to $20,000.