Articles by Pete Wargent

Pete Wargent

Pete 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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The self-determination theory (SDT) holds that there are THREE innate human needs which we must satisfy if we want to optimise our personal development, growth, and ultimately, results. If you want to realise your full potential, these three needs which you must fulfill are: 1. Competence – continually growing your level of knowledge, skills, competence, and eventually,…

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The Coronavirus shutdown this year has changed the rules of money in a number of ways. Here are 3 key ways in which the rules of money have changed. 1. Low-Interest rates here to stay The Reserve Bank in Australia has signaled that interest rates will be stuck at the effective lower bound for years…

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Tim Boyle of Finalytics says that there are 3 key drivers of property prices. These are: Supply – the rate of construction and the properties listed for sale on the market; Interest rates – the cost of borrowing; and Population growth – immigration, natural population growth (births minus deaths), and interstate migration. Or, as depicted in his infographic:…

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There’s been a fair amount of talk about negatively geared landlords, and whether they might need to sell property during the rental market disruption. You should never judge a 20-30 year investment on what’s happening right now, but it’s nevertheless worth taking a look at the current state of play. With the Airbnb sector effectively…

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History is littered with the names of billionaires and wildly wealthy individuals that suffered from sadness, personal tragedy, illness, or depression.  While it may be hard for most of us to emphathise with the super-wealthy, this alone is compelling evidence that success and happiness should be measured in more than solely financial terms. The extreme…

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A quick break from the Coronavirus news which is evidently usurping the planet! The ABS reported that the capital cities population of Australia increased by +303,100 in FY 2019. Greater Sydney, which includes the Central Coast, increased by +87,100 or +1.7 per cent, and remained the most populated city at 5.31 million. However, Melbourne grew…

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