Pete Wargent blogspot

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'.

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Strongest US jobs gains in 17 years

NFPs revised up

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its latest market figures for January 2015 which showed total nonfarm payrolls increasing by a solid and better than expected +257,000 to a record 140.849 million.

Jobs gains were seen across retail trade, construction, manufacturing, financial activities and healthcare.

More significantly there were material upwards revisions to the data relating to previous months.

The December result was revised up from +252,000 to a very strong +329,000, while November's already imperiously strong +353,000 was revised up to a rip-snorting +423,000.

Totting that little lot up and it so transpires that the US economy added well over 1 million jobs in the past 3 months alone.

That's an astonishing quarter and the strongest 3 month gain seen in the US in 17 years.

The revisions mean that average monthly gains for 2014 were more convincing than previously recorded at +256,000, adding further weight to the argument for an ongoing US recovery.

The unemployment rate was little changed at 5.7 percent as the size of the "labor" force grew, with the number of unemployed persons little changed in January.

Average hourly earnings increased by 0.5 percent or $0,12 to $24.25 to be 2.2 percent higher over the year.

The gold price took a knock after some decent gains of late, pulling back by 2.2 percent.

The Wrap

Incredibly strong quarterly employment growth in the US which led to a jump in bond yields.

The usual commentators can't or don't want to see it, but that looks to be a rapid fire pace of jobs growth.