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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Despite the natural desire to break down the housing market into soundbites and neat changes in median prices, sub-markets remain just as fractured and diverse as they ever were. Population growth tends to be a political hot potato, but while the headlines have quietened lately, the ballooning Australia headcount has slowed barely at all, and…

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How do you choose a great property team around you? A fair few years have been swept under the bridge now since I studied Business Management, but with quite a bit of real world experience under my belt I thought it might be an opportune time to look at how you might go about building…

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There seems to be increasing evidence to suggest that women are better at…well, just about everything, really. In 2011, author Dan Abrams released a book under the title: “Man Down: Proof Beyond a Reasonable Doubt That Women Are Better Cops, Drivers, Gamblers, Spies, World Leaders, Beer Tasters, Hedge Fund Managers, and Just About Everything Else.”…

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Are we through the worst of the property downturn? Well…Corelogic says the worst of the housing market conditions are behind us Price declines are bottoming out in the Sydney and Melbourne property markets, though they’ve now spread to parts of Brisbane and most of the other capital cities, and almost all of the regions too….

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What could an Italian economist from a century ago have to do with successful investing today?  Vilfredo Pareto noted back in 1906 that some 80% of the land of Italy was owned by just 20% of the population. He then developed his principle by observing that 20% of the pea pods in his garden contained…

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Pushing on a string? Some interesting debate on social media this week about whether lower interest rates still ‘work’ in terms of stimulating inflation and the economy. So the argument goes, there’s little point in cutting rates because, well, people will just pay down more debt and there will be no benefit to the real…

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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…