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December 26, 2023 Investor Insights

Stock Ownership Soars

December 26, 2023

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 percentage of Americans owning stocks has reached a record high of 58%, up from 53% in 2019. This marks the highest household stock ownership rate recorded. 1
  • Houthi rebels are disrupting Red Sea shipping, leading four of the world's five largest container shipping companies to halt transit through the Red Sea. Over 10% of oil and 20% of container traffic was shipped through the Red Sea prior to the conflict. 2
  • Apple's value is approaching that of France's entire stock market, concentrating investor reliance on a smaller number of companies. The top 10 companies in the S&P 500 now equal the combined value of the bottom 415. *3
  • Americans over 70 control over 30% of the country's wealth, with a net worth increase of $14 trillion since 2019. This growth is attributed to the aging population and rising home values, particularly among older baby boomers. 4


  1. WSJ - "More Americans Than Ever Own Stocks"
  2. Advisorpedia - "Will The Red Sea Blockade Reignite Inflation Fears?"
  3. Advisor Hub - "Forget the top 5, These stocks were the biggest movers in the S&P 500 in 2023"
  4. Bloomberg - "Americans Over 70 Hold More Than 30% of the Country's Wealth"

*Past performance is not indicative of future performance

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