Pete Wargent blogspot

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

5 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's one of the finest property analysts in Australia" - Stephen Koukoulas, MD of Market Economics, former Senior Economics Adviser to Prime Minister Gillard.

"Pete 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 & charts, the most comprehensive analyst I follow in Australia. If you follow Australia, follow Pete Wargent" - Jonathan Tepper, Variant Perception, Global Macroeconomic Research, author of the New York Times bestsellers 'End Game' & 'Code Red'.

"The level of detail in Pete's work is superlative across all of Australia's housing markets" - Grant Williams, co-founder RealVision - where world class experts share their thoughts on economics & finance - author of Things That Make You Go Hmmm, one of the world's most popular & widely-read financial publications.

"Wargent is a bald-faced realty foghorn" - David Llewellyn-Smith, 'MacroBusiness'.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red

Remembrance, 2014

London is a sensational paradox of a city.

The history of the city is at times beyond comprehension, while it has continually and quite dramatically evolved over the decades to be an exciting, cultural melting pot today.

It's also a very frustrating city. 

Expensive, crowded, intermittently freezing and then without warning almost ridiculously sticky and hot, with no air conditioning on the Tube, the ever-present strikes and transport delays and no beaches in summer for respite, although the parklands are grand.

And then, every so often, London does something quite brilliant, and all is forgiven again.

The poppy exhibition at the 11th century Tower of London has been once such event. I got in early to avoid the crowds...

Indeed, combining many of the best and worst aspects of London, the breathtaking Blood Swept Lands of Seas of Red installation has been so wildly popular with Londoners and great swathes of tourists that the public were urged not to visit during the busy half term time as Tube stations were unable to cope.

The 888.246 poppies, each representing a fallen Commonwealth soldier from the First World War, are to be auctioned off for £25 each, raising £11.2 million after costs for charitable causes.

Obviously, this post may be a day late if you are in Australia, since my clock is set to PMT, myself being in Britain this week.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Lest We Forget


Remembrance has changed over the years, and rather than focusing only on the homegrown fallen from the Great War, this week is largely a time for reflection on conflicts in the world.

On a related theme, November 12 is also a public day of commemoration for my dear friends in East Timor (Timor-Leste), being the anniversary of the Santa Cruz cemetery massacre in Dili of November 12, 1991, undertaken during the 24 years of occupation from 1975-1999. 

The Santa Cruz massacre was one of the events during the occupation which sparked outrage when brought to international attention, culminating in a vote for independence in 1999 and the foundation of the independent nation of East Timor in 2002.