Articles by Pete Wargent

Pete Wargent

is a Chartered Accountant, Chartered Secretary and has a Financial Planning Diploma. Using a long term approach to building businesses, investing in equities, & owning a portfolio he achieved financial independence at the age of 33. Visit his blog


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For the first year after my daughter was born I became lost in a maze of statistics. Doctors recognise that children come along in all shapes & sizes, but when looking at the ‘normal’ distribution of baby weights, she was an outlier – consistently lower than she should’ve been, and not gaining enough weight with…

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There’s been a bit of an odd blip in the natural increase figures for Australia’s resident population, with processing of births data now up to speed, and fewer deaths in recent quarters. Estimated annual population growth thus picked up to +395,100 over the year to September 2018. There are 5 key charts below, which you…

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One of the big accounting firms got my goat recently when it released house price growth forecasts by capital city out until the end of the year 2021, predicted to one decimal place. Even if you could predict the future of housing markets beyond a decimal point – which you can’t – what does a percentage…

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Later in the year I’ll be speaking at a banking conference, partly on the subject of household debt. Human nature dictates that readers feel drawn to commentary on the subject tending towards the binary: it’s either a complete disaster set to collapse in a heap, or “she’ll be right, mate”. First a quick look at…

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When asked about his greatest errors in investing, Warren Buffett could have given a number of responses.  Famously he made a number of investments over the years which just didn’t work out as he’d planned. Sometimes this was due to acquiring businesses (or management teams) that he was unable to turn around, and on other…