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, 7 December 2016

The Scalpel


A short pictorial blog post for the architectural nerds. 

When 30 St. Mary Axe - or the Swiss Re Building as it was officially called back then - was first christened The Gerkin back in 2004, witty Cockneys started something of a nicknaming tradition. 

After the best part of a decade of rock bottom interest rates, development around the Square Mile and elsewhere is really going Radio Rental. I was out and about yesterday, so I got a few Dolly Mixtures. 

There have been plenty of arresting new additions to the skyline, attracting in turn a range of amusing nicknames. 

Here will be the latest offering down at Canary Wharf (you can just make out The Shard in the distant sunset).

Close to the famous Cheesegrater building, the latest 190 metre skyscraper to adorn the skyline will be The Scalpel on Lime Street.

The Scalpel was originally intended as a nickname too, having been lazily coined by the FT, but based upon recent trends the developers just decided to run with it. 

The finished article will look something like this, scheduled for the end of 2017.

Not too Westminster Abbey at all...a right bang-up job!