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August 29, 2023 Investor Insights

Investor Insights: August 29, 2023 -- Mortgages from 2001

Enjoy this week's "Investor Insights," a weekly newsletter highlighting the financial news you need and providing tips and tricks to help you make better investment decisions. 

  • The average 30-year fixed mortgage is now at a 7.23% rate, the highest since 2001. This is a significant change from two years ago when rates were below 3%, which was close to the lowest ever. 1
  • Waiting until age 70 instead of 62 for Social Security benefits means retirees can increase their monthly amount by up to 76%. Even though 72% of non-retired investors are aware of this fact, only 10% plan to wait until 70 to claim benefits. 2
  • The Conference Board’s Index of CEO Confidence improved from 42 to 48 in the third quarter (readings above 50 show optimism). 84% of CEOs still expect a slight recession in the next 12-18 months, but 40% still plan to hire more employees. 2
  • The S&P 500 index trades for an elevated 21.4 times earnings. This valuation is top-end loaded since the 10 largest companies have a median price/earnings ratio of 27.5x, yet the remaining 490 companies’ price/earnings is just 17x. 2


  1. WSJ - "Mortgage Rates Hit 7.23%, Highest Since 2001"
  2. Bespoke - "Stat Sheet 8/25/23"

*Past performance is not indicative of future performance        

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