Here at Canstar, we’re finance nerds and love to keep our fingers on the pulse of financial updates. After trawling through our collective Twitter accounts to shortlist our personal faves, we democratically narrowed our list to 25 experts who we believe you should be following.
Like you, we like our news to be easily consumable with a touch of character and humour and have included financial experts who bring flair to the industry. To keep it simple, we’ve placed our tweeters into three categories:
- Personal finance
- General finance
- Wealth and Investments
These experts are not in any particular order and please note, we recommend these accounts based on their finance content, and not on their personal or political beliefs.
Personal finance experts
Effie Zahos – @effiezahos
Effie Zahos is one of the most recognisable faces in Australian finance today – not only is she the Editor of Money Magazine, but she has also published two books and is a regular commentator on TV. Effie has significant experience in both banking and journalism and is renowned for simplifying financial topics from superannuation to property investment. Including her in this list just made complete cents (sorry, we had to do it).
What we like about Effie’s Twitter account: in addition to consistently tweeting out her own articles and opinions, Effie frequently shares her videos, which we find are a quick and easy way to absorb her advice.
— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) October 15, 2017
Ross Greenwood – @Ross_Greenwood
As the Business and Finance Editor at Channel Nine and the host of Money News on a variety of different radio stations (2GB, 3AW, 4BC and 2CC ), Ross Greenwood is one of the most respected and recognisable finance experts in the country.
What we like about Ross’ Twitter account: Ross provides a combination of both personal finance tips and summaries of the state of the economy as a whole. He is also very enthusiastic in his approach, which can help when talking about subjects many people may find dry, like savings and interest rates.
— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) October 31, 2017
Sophie Elsworth – @sophieelsworth
Sophie Elsworth is Personal Finance Writer at News Corp with over 16 years’ experience in journalism. Sophie covers a range of personal finance topics including savings, budgeting, home loans and super.
What we like about Sophie’s Twitter account: Sophie stands up for Aussie consumers through her articles by sharing the latest tips and traps around financial products such as loans, insurance and credit cards. It’s clear she is firmly on the side of her near 2,000 followers.
— Sophie Elsworth (@sophieelsworth) September 2, 2017
Noel Whittaker – @NoelWhittaker
The man known as Australia’s ‘financial wizard of Oz’, Noel Whittaker, has written 20 bestselling books and has written for major newspapers like The Age, The Sunday Mail and The Sydney Morning Herald. Today he is an Adjunct Professor at Queensland Univerity of Technology and runs his own financial insights website noelwhittaker.com.au.
What we like about Noel’s Twitter account: in addition to posting his own opinions and insights, Noel also shares the love by retweeting interesting tidbits from other well-known financial commentators (many of whom feature in this list). As we always say, it is healthy to get a second opinion on matters of finance, so Noel is a good person to follow.
— Noel Whittaker (@NoelWhittaker) March 28, 2017
Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon –@NicolePedMcK
Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon is a financial commentator, educator and presenter and columnist at Fairfax Media. As the founder of TheMoneyMentorWay.com, she is a keen advocate of promoting financial literacy among Australians both young and old.
What we like about Nicole’s Twitter account: As a qualified financial adviser, Nicole uses her account to provide relevant and easy-to-understand financial tips and advice. You know you’re in for quality tips by adding her to your feed.
Have you been charged by a #hirecar company for damages you believe you didn't commit? You're not alone… following the airing of my exposé on @sunriseon7 yesterday, I am getting roughly one email EVERY TWO MINUTES https://t.co/FipC9S5rFV #RentalCarRevolt #NicoleHelps pic.twitter.com/u2sJ5EgZnc
— Nicole Pedersen-McKi (@NicolePedMcK) March 22, 2018
Karen Collier – @KarenCollierHS
Karen Collier is Consumer Reporter for the Herald Sun. Rather than focusing purely on financial products and news, Karen – as her title suggests – focuses on everyday spending and ways you can save money. Common topics she focuses on include cars, shopping, internet and electricity costs.
What we like about Karen’s Twitter account: Karen posts her articles on Twitter, so if you want to gain expert insight into how you can save money in your daily life and are looking for something easy to read on the bus to work, Karen could be one to follow.
— Karen Collier (@KarenCollierHS) December 2, 2017
Clancy Yeates – @clancyyeates
Clancy Yeates is a Business Reporter for Fairfax publications including The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. He writes about banks and business, focusing on financial services, and has been doing so for Fairfax since 2008.
What we like about Clancy’s Twitter account: Clancy regularly updates his followers on articles he has written, and these articles tend to provide Clancy’s own insight on matters of credit cards, super and all things banking. He’s another good choice if you’re looking for a daily finance fix with an honest opinion. He also retweets content from some of the other experts in this list.
— Clancy Yeates (@clancyyeates) January 17, 2017
John Collett – @jcollett_money
John writes for Fairfax Media about personal finance including superannuation, mortgages, investments and budgeting. He writes features in a relatable way, including case studies to provide insight into common financial problems or scenarios.
What we like about John’s Twitter account: John posts links to his articles so you can stay up to date as soon as the story goes live. He provides great material for anyone wanting easy-to-read advice or industry updates.
— John Collett (@jcollett_money) May 31, 2018
Vanessa Stoykov – @ceovanessa
Vanessa is the Founder of No More Practice Education, an online financial education centre, as well as the Chief Executive of Evolution Media Group. She also recently published her book ‘The Breakfast Club for 40-Somethings’, which aims to ‘change people’s long-term financial behaviours’.
What we like about Vanessa’s Twitter account: One of Vanessa’s mottos is ‘unlearn your money’ and that’s exactly what she preaches on her Twitter page – family finance tips and tricks that are sometimes just a little different from established saving (or non-saving!) behaviours. As well as her own advice, she shares insights from other well-known experts, some of whom feature on this list.
— Vanessa Stoykov (@ceovanessa) May 15, 2018
Katherine Temple – @Katherine_M_T
As the Senior Policy Officer at Consumer Action Law Centre, Katherine Temple is a champion of Australian consumer rights, particularly in areas concerning credit, retail banking and competition.
What we like about Katherine’s Twitter account: While some high-profile people on Twitter tend to mince their words around touchy finance subjects, Katherine does no such thing, particularly when it comes to consumers being wronged by banks and financial institutions. If you feel you’ve been duped lately, she could be a good person to tweet to!
— Katherine Temple (@Katherine_M_T) August 17, 2017
Bianca Hartge-Hazelman (Financy) – @LiveFinancy
Bianca Hartge-Hazelman is a finance journalist and the founder of Financy.com.au, an online money magazine dedicated to inspiring women to live their best lives through reaching their financial goals. Bianca is also the founder of the Financy Women’s Index, a quarterly index that tracks the economic progress of Australian women.
What we like about Bianca’s Twitter account: Bianca posts through the Financy account and has a unique voice we believe cuts through the Twittersphere, speaking directly to women about the financial issues that matter. Bianca’s tweets cover topics like life insurance, super growth and breaking into the property market, as well as everyday money advice.
Great to see the #financywomensindex on @theprojecttv @BickmoreCarrie – possibly the most enjoyable/entertaining finance report I've ever watched! Thank you!! #IWD2018 #PressforProgress https://t.co/NhN5vSL3qW
— Financy (@LiveFinancy) March 8, 2018
General finance experts
David Scutt – @Scutty
David Scutt is a Global Markets and Economics Editor at Business Insider Australia. He has also served as the Treasury Dealer at Arab Bank and Commonwealth Bank, as well as Business Operations Supervisor at ASX, giving him vast experience as a financial markets specialist.
What we like about David’s Twitter account: David has over 12,000 Twitter followers and offers regular updates on the goings-on in the economy including retail, international markets, housing, investments and more. He can also be counted on for insightful retweets, bringing other useful posts and opinions to your feed.
As evident in prices… pic.twitter.com/TQpJsHsK5g
— David Scutt (@Scutty) June 4, 2018
Alan Kohler – @AlanKohler
With a decades-long career at various media like The Age, The Australian Financial Review, The Australian and the ABC, as well as having more than 95,000 Twitter followers, Alan Kohler is one of Australia’s most influential financial journalists. He has a whole lotta experience and acquired knowledge, delivered straight to you via his Twitter account.
What we like about Alan’s Twitter account: we like how Alan often brings personality and wit to his financial commentary, and our team is a fan of his insightful charts (yes.. we love charts). He also posts links to his podcasts and interviews from the independent daily news website he founded, The Constant Investor.
— Constant Investor (@TCIHQ) October 27, 2017
Mark Bouris – @markbouris
Mark Bouris is one of the most recognisable people on this list. Not only is he Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road, he is also vastly experienced when it comes to the media. In 2009 he hosted the Australian version of ‘The Apprentice’, and hosts ‘The Mark Bouris Show’ and ‘The Mentor’.
What we like about Mark’s Twitter account: Mark is opinionated on social media and isn’t afraid to say what he really thinks without mincing his words – which makes him an ideal person to follow if you want to learn more about all things business and finance. Our team also appreciates how keen he his to share his learnings to help others better themselves.
Australian entrepreneur @markbouris was constantly being approached by small business owners for help.
— 2GB 873 (@2GB873) June 4, 2018
Ross Gittins – @1RossGittins
Ross Gittins, Economics Editor at the Sydney Morning Herald, is another who has a ‘stack’ of financial experience you can ‘bank’ on – he was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2008 and awarded two honorary doctorates for services to journalism due to his work as a commentator on economic theory and policy for over 40 years. Ross now focusses on educating year 11 and 12 high school students around Australia and is a firm believer in financial literacy among young people.
What we like about Ross’ Twitter account: Ross has a large Twitter following of more than 28,000 people and when he’s not tweeting his own articles he is retweeting the works of others – both industry experts and average joes with something insightful to say.
— Ross Gittins (@1RossGittins) November 7, 2017
Jessica Irvine – @Jess_Irvine
Jessica Irvine is a senior economics writer for Fairfax Media. Jessica writes opinion columns on economics and money in a down to earth way. She also co-hosted the ‘It All Adds Up’ podcast alongside fellow economics writers Ross Gittins and Matt Wade and has appeared as a panellist on ABC TV’s Q&A and Channel 10’s Meet the Press.
What we like about Jessica’s Twitter account: a self-described “numbers nerd and policy wonk”, Jessica regularly tweets about politics, economics and money for more than 22,000 Twitter followers. As you can see in the tweet below, she gets the struggles of the everyday consumer.
— Jessica Irvine (@Jess_Irvine) November 1, 2017
Shane Oliver – @ShaneOliverAMP
Shane Oliver is the Chief Economist and Head of Investment Strategy at AMP Capital and has decades of experience in the industry. He provides regular insights for AMP Capital, shares daily snapshots of the economy on his Twitter account and also weekly market updates which are actually relatively easy to understand.
What we like about Shane’s Twitter account: as a frequent and high-profile tweeter, Shane has nearly 14,000 followers. Not only does he provide daily snapshots of the Australian economy, he also shares the goings-on in foreign markets. The way Shane can squeeze an update on the performance of the Australian economy into a single tweet is one impressive skill.
China’s economy is pretty stable – but what about high debt levels and other risks? https://t.co/ii94eDez5R
— Shane Oliver (@ShaneOliverAMP) June 4, 2018
Stephen Koukoulas – @TheKouk
Stephen Koukoulas – also known as ‘The Kouk’ – is the current Managing Director at Market Economics. He has previously served as Chief Economist for two major banks in Australia and even served as the Senior Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister. With all of this combined, he has more than 25 years of experience at the top of his field.
What we like about Shane’s Twitter account: The Kouk has more than 35,000 followers and must have great phone battery life, either retweeting or tweeting almost every hour. He gives great analysis of both public and private sector economies and breaks down the opportunities and risks facing them. He can also be quite direct in his tweets, which in our opinion helps him stand out from the crowds of yes-men.
Look at the staggering benefits of Australia's superannuation system on public pension costs & budget over long run
In 2055, Australian public pension cost is 3.7%, lowest in OECD, where average is a massive 10%
In today's dollars, this is $120 billion on the budget per annum pic.twitter.com/LZvAoqsnk9
— Stephen Koukoulas (@TheKouk) June 3, 2018
Jane Slack-Smith – @Renoqueen
Jane Slack-Smith is an investment commentator and author, having written the popular book ‘Your Property Success With Renovation’ and providing advice via her podcast. Jane makes regular media appearances as a property investment educator and consistently provides insights and recommendations to her followers on all forms of social media.
What we like about Jane’s Twitter account: Jane is a good option for more casual Twitter users as she tweets at a more casual pace of a few times a week. However, just like Canstar, she believes in quality over quantity. You can find all sorts of insightful updates on the property market, which is always a hot topic.
Once again Australia is considered unaffordable by the latest Demographia report – actually there is no city in Australia that we can afford to live in. Another OS report without Aust specific data. https://t.co/IK8XgjzzxE pic.twitter.com/x2DBgKexYG
— Jane Slack-Smith (@Renoqueen) January 23, 2018