Pete Wargent blogspot

Co-founder & CEO of AllenWargent property buyer's agents, offices in Brisbane (Riverside) & Sydney (Martin Place), and CEO of WargentAdvisory (providing subscription analysis, reports & services to institutional clients).

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.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Something for the weekend...Happy Australia Day

It's the long Australia Day weekend, January 26 being the date which marks the arrival of the first fleet in the Great Southern Land in 1788. 

Today, of course, the date is meant to be a celebration of Australia's increasingly diverse population as well as those whose ancestors were here 50,000 years before the arrival of the first fleet. To put that in perspective, Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour) has only had water in for around 15,000 years.

Almost one third of today's population in Australia was born overseas. 

This neat infographic from Michael Matusik shows where most arrivals today are coming to Australia from, namely: England, New Zealand, China, India and Vietnam.

On Australia Day Eve, it is traditional that the Australian of the Year is announced, with an interesting and diverse range of eight candidates vying for the honour in 2014, from Aboriginal AFL footballer Adam Goodes to a scientist and an anti-bullying campaigner. There will also be the announcement of the Australia Day honours list.

Variously, there have been campaigns to change the date of Australia Day to 25 April (currently ANZAC Day), 1 January (Federation of Australia) and 3 December (the date of the Eureka Stockade uprising during the 1850s gold rush).

But for this weekend, and probably many more 26 Januarys to come, Australia Day will be celebrated. 

And, finally, congratulations and welcome aboard to those who take their citizenship ceremony today and sing the national anthem for the first time.

Happy' Straya Day weekend - here's a 4 minute history lesson from The Seekers (whisper it quietly, but this is the unofficial national anthem...)