Pete Wargent blogspot

Co-founder & CEO of AllenWargent property advisory & buyer's agents, offices in Brisbane (Riverside) & Sydney (Martin Place) - clients include hedge funds, resi funds, & private investors.

4 x finance/investment author - 'Get a Financial Grip: a simple plan for financial freedom’ (2012) rated Top 10 finance books by Money Magazine & Dymocks.

"Unfortunately so much commentary is self-serving or sensationalist. Pete Wargent shines through with his clear, sober & dispassionate analysis of the housing market, which is so valuable. Pete drills into the facts & unlocks the details that others gloss over in their rush to get a headline. On housing Pete is a must read, must follow - he is one of the better property analysts in Australia" - Stephen Koukoulas, MD of Market Economics, former Senior Economics Adviser to Prime Minister Gillard.

"Pete Wargent is one of Australia's brightest financial minds - a must-follow for articulate, accurate & in-depth analysis." - David Scutt, Business Insider, leading Australian market analyst.

"I've been investing for over 40 years & read nearly every investment book ever written yet I still learned new concepts in his books. Pete Wargent is one of Australia's finest young financial commentators." - Michael Yardney, Australia's leading property expert, Amazon #1 best-selling author.

"The most knowledgeable person on Aussie real estate markets - Pete's work is great, loads of good data and charts, the most comprehensive analyst I follow in Australia. If you follow Australia, follow Pete Wargent" - Jonathan Tepper, Variant Perception, Global Macroeconomic Research, and author of the New York Times bestsellers 'End Game' and 'Code Red'.

"Pete's daily analysis is unputdownable" - Dr. Chris Caton, Chief Economist, BT Financial.

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Sunday, 8 September 2013

Telegraph 'labors' the point - again

Another embarrassing article by the UK Daily Telegraph, noting that Aussies are like "hopeless hicks" following a series of "election gaffes".

I think most people would agree that a number of prominent Australian pollies deserve to cop a fair bit of criticism - and the "I am not the suppository of all knowledge" mix-up was always going to make for good copy. Tony Abbott has certainly got great potential to be Australia's very own version of George W. Bush.

But if you're going to go down the 'churnalistic' route of criticising others for making grammatical mistakes or Freudian slips, you probably wouldn't want to spell the name of one of the parties wrong a dozen times in the same half-page spread.

In fact, the Daily Telegraph has done this throughout the five weeks of election campaign, continually referring to the "Labour Party", which is the equivalent Pommie spelling in party politics. The Australian Labor Party adopted the preferred American spelling in 1912 having been heavily influenced by the US movement.

Pedantry

The extremely successful 'Money Saving Expert' Martin Lewis made a similar mistake last year, writing a long and detailed blog stating that he is an "obsessive" grammar pedant and finds misuse of the English language "excruciatingly annoying", particularly the misuse of acronyms. Quote:

"Please RSVP / Please répondez s’il vous plaît. Very annoying this one. Even people with pigeon French should realise it stands for ‘respond if you please’, so the first please is unnecessary – but bad habits are tough to overcome."

That's all good, but unfortunately the phrase he was groping for was 'pidgin French'. The article was hastily amended and Lewis blamed a nameless sub-editor (of a blog post?) for changing his wording. Glass houses...!