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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'.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Bankruptices fall; personal insolvencies also fall

Easing conditions

The annual number of bankruptices fell in the June 2017 quarter to the lowest level since the quarterly data series began according to ASFA's latest figures. 

There were annual declines across every state and territory except for one (the Northern Territory, which recorded a miniscule increase comprising half a dozen bankruptices in the June quarter). 

Total personal insolvencies also declined from 7,900 to 7,616 over the three months to June 2017.

This improved result was also 3.5 per cent lower than the 7,893 insolvencies recorded in the June 2016 quarter. 

There has been a bit of an increase in insolvencies since the lows of 2015 - pretty much what you'd expect through a soft patch for the economy, particularly across resources regions - but the trend is now softening again with the unemployment rate generally trending down across the past 31 months. 

The declines continue to be led by New South Wales and Victoria, but with Western Australia now tracking at a higher level than through the resources boom.

S&P reported that home loan arrears were stable in May at 1.21 per cent, below the decade average of 1.30 per cent. 

There were increases in Western Australia to 2.37 per cent, and in the Northern Territory where arrears were up from 1.70 per cent to 1.91 per cent.

These were offset by declines in New South Wales and Victoria.