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Pete Wargent is a Chartered Accountant, Chartered Secretary and has a Financial Planning Diploma. He’s achieved financial freedom at the age of 33 - as detailed in his book ‘Get a Financial Grip – A Simple Plan for Financial Freedom’. Pete now manages his investment portfolio, travels and works as a consultant in the finance industry from time to time. Visit his blog


8 Steps to Financial Freedom
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8 Steps to Financial Freedom

A monster topic to cover in one blog post, for sure! But let’s see what I can squeeze in to one entry – for more details and ideas on these subjects, grab a copy of my book.  Step 1 – Be mindful of your money mantras We all hold internal dialogues and tell ourselves stories about…

The tide is turning for the Brisbane property market
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The tide is turning for the Brisbane property market

Since the peak of the resources construction boom, it’s been a long, slow period for Queensland’s economy. But things have been looking up. Tens of thousands of Australians are now relocating to Queensland for its considerably cheaper and warmer climes, particularly from New South Wales. Immigration to Queensland is also picking up from overseas. Population…

Melbourne goes apartment ballistic
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Melbourne goes apartment ballistic

When you anticipate something incorrectly it’s best to admit it quickly and move on instead of scrabbling around trying to find evidence to support your missed call. I was wrong In 2017 I wrote on this blog that the economy seemed sluggish and interest rates might fall in 2018, but it seems we can forget…

NSW jobs growth on steroids
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NSW jobs growth on steroids

Wow, another big beat for employment, increasing +37,700 to a fresh high of 12,440,800. That makes 2017 the biggest year on record for employment growth at +403,700, with the survey recording 15 consecutive monthly gains for the first time in four decades. Better still, ¾ of the growth was in full-time jobs. Annual employment growth…

Units outperformed houses in 2017
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Units outperformed houses in 2017

Did you know that units outperformed houses in 2017? Probably not quite a result to fit the prevailing narrative! But the combined capital city unit price rose by +5.1 per cent in 2017, comfortably outperforming house prices at +4 per cent (with the usual lengthy disclaimers about methodology, margins for error, and mile-wide variations across…