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).

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 is 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 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'.

"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 of the world's most popular & widely-read financial publications.

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

Sunday, 12 February 2017

3 insights from the SOMP


The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) released its Statement on Monetary Policy for February 2017.

Lots to digest as usual!

Firstly, and probably the most interesting part, I thought, was the section concerning inflation forecasts. 

The RBA sees inflation returning to the 2 to 3 per cent target range, and as such interest rates are now likely to be on hold unless the labour market deteriorates from here.

Secondly, it also looks as though forecasts for growth in the economy are quite upbeat, tracking at around 3 per cent in 2017/18 and 3 per cent in 2018/19, before potentially rising further. 

Finally, housing.

There was lots to look at in terms of housing markets, although nothing particularly ground-breaking. 

Rental price growth is soft, apartment approvals are falling sharply, and turnover in the housing market is well below the average since 2008, reflecting low levels of stock on the market.

On another related point, it's interesting to see that after copping a huge amount of heat for possibly 'overstating' dwelling price growth, CoreLogic's index has now seen other data providers catch up towards a similar rate of growth.