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, 4 November 2015

No respite for commodity prices...

Crash continues for commodities

No respite indeed in October as the RBA's Index of Commodity Prices fell by a further 1.1 per cent in SDR terms (on a monthly average basis) to be 19.8 per cent lower over the past year. 

The bulk commodities of iron ore and coal saw their respective prices decline yet again, and this was only partly offset by an uptick in the gold price.

In Aussie dollar terms the fallout has been slightly less dramatic, the index being down 7.4 per cent over the year.

Had spot prices instead of preliminary estimates been used the result would be even less impressive in October. 

With iron ore and coal accounting for more than 55 per cent of the RBA's index weights - and there being little prospect of material improvement for either commodity in the near future - any hopes for a rebound must be pinned on gold, oil and LNG...and possibly copper, if China offers stimulus.

Despite rising export volumes, the economy will notch up its 18th consecutive trade deficit this morning, so stay tuned for that.

In August another $3 billion trade deficit was racked up as I analysed here, the retracement in the month in part related to a reversal of a surge in gold exports in the preceding month (aka. noise).

With export volumes of coal and iron ore approximately flat in the month of August, and price movements also relatively moderate in that month, the market expects to see a similar trade deficit this time around, although the forecast range is as usual wide.