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January 22, 2024 Investor Insights

Homebuying Isn't for the Young

January 22, 2024

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. 

  •  In 1980, the median age for a first-time homebuyer was 29. In 2023, it had increased to 35. Similarly, the median age for repeat homebuyers rose from 36 to 58 over the same time period. 1
  • Over half of India's population is under 25, positioning it to become the world's 3rd largest economy within a decade. However, it will need to address its public debt load, which equals 85% of GDP – second only to Brazil among emerging economies. 2
  • In 1960 US defense spending equaled $47 billion. In 2022 total defense spending reached $877 billion. Despite this rise, defense spending as a percentage of GDP has generally declined, dropping from around 9% in 1960 to less than 4% today. 3
  • Sustainable (ESG) investment funds have struggled recently. With their performance lagging the market and Republican politicians questioning the sustainable strategy, investors withdrew $323 billion from the funds in 2023, a 12% decline from 2021. 4 


  1. Apollo - "Homebuyers Are Getting Older"
  2. WSJ - "Why India Isn’t the New China"
  3. Bespoke - "Military Industrial Complex"
  4. Barrons - "ESG Funds Set a Dismal Record. Yet Performance Was a Drag."

*Past performance is not indicative of future performance

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