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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'.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Wages collapse!

Wages still outpacing prices

It was no real shock to see mining (+1 per cent) and construction (+1.7 per cent) wages growth dragging down the national averages.

These sectors were major drivers of the strong wages growth through the resources investment boom.

But now we're coming down the other side of the boom the opposite is true.

Elsewhere, wages generally grew by a bit above 2 per cent.

"Nothing but bad news"!

"Wages growth collapses below 2 per cent for the first time"!

The headlines were no surprise - and of course these days, clicks are paramount - but I can't agree.

Nothing is all bad, just as nothing is all good.

For example, if lower wages growth is a part of Australia's adjustment to the post-mining boom environment then it may not just be beneficial, it may be downright essential.

Of course, higher wages growth is great if it's you that's getting the higher wages, but sometimes it's better that people aren't left unemployed.

One plus is that lower wages growth can mean less inequality between professions and industry sectors.

Lower wages growth has also encouraged employers to hire more staff.

The unemployment rate has fallen from 6.3 per cent to 5.6 per cent lately, although the October figures are due out today and may show that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is a notch higher (the monthly figures have been a tad volatile after all).

In any event, the inflation rate over the year to September was +1.3 per cent, so in real terms wages have continued to rise. 

Wages growth did dip a little below the rate of inflation for a few quarter through the financial crisis.

However, wages growth has outpaced inflation by 18 per cent over the past decade and a half.

Good for employers, good for consumers.