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.
Thursday 19 October 2017
Westpac has today announced that up to 200,000 insurance and banking customers may be eligible for a share in $65 million worth of refunds following a failure by the bank to properly apply discounts to certain package deals.
Wednesday 11 October 2017
In the latest round of low interest credit card wars between the big four banks, the Commonwealth Bank has today announced the introduction of a new card with a purchase rate of just 9.90%.
Monday 09 October 2017
With summer just around the corner many Aussies will already be in the midst of planning their overseas vacations, but a falling Australian dollar could mean that now is the time to exchange travel money before rates drop any lower.
Thursday 05 October 2017
Despite the intense focus on rising house prices and stagnant wage growth among politicians and media outlets, the struggle for first home buyers trying to enter the Australian property market has continued - but it seems many may be finding a solution in ‘rentvesting’.
Thursday 28 September 2017
The summer university break is somehow approaching at lightspeed, with less than two months left of term before most Aussie students sit back for a much deserved (well sort of) rest.
Monday 25 September 2017
A weekend blitz from the big four banks may have just opened up the way Australians bank, with the Commonwealth Bank, ANZ, Westpac and NAB all announcing that they will cease charging $2 ATM fees for withdrawals from customers of rival banks.
Thursday 07 September 2017
The number of Australians making renovations to their homes during the June quarter grew by 2.2 per cent according to the Housing Industry Association, while new dwelling construction declined.
Thursday 31 August 2017
Finding a way to get kids interested in the world of personal finance can be tough - after all, it’s complicated enough to tackle money issues as an adult - and forking over that $10 note in pocket money each week doesn’t really count as education.
Thursday 31 August 2017
Australian cardholders rejoice - as of September 1st (tomorrow) small businesses across the country will no longer be able to hit customers with ‘excessive’ surcharges for purchases made with most debit and credit cards.
Monday 28 August 2017
The momentous shift in the way we bank may be happening faster than anticipated, with new research by Roy Morgan revealing that 3.5 million extra Australians are using mobile banking in 2017 than just four years ago.