On this day in 1950, Ben Hogan bested two other golfers in an 18-hole play-off to win the US Open. The remarkable aspect of the win was only 16 months earlier Hogan was involved in a near fatal car crash that left him unable to walk for months. Doctors predicted he may never golf again.
The win was Hogan’s third major championship. Where did Hogan win his first major championship? Right here in Oregon at the Portland Golf Club!
Home Loan rates have increased very modestly in the past week as trade tensions have eased and US stocks have rallied. If stock finish in positive in positive territory today it will mark the 7th straight day of gains.
Home Loan Performance
Corelogic released its monthly Loan Performance Insights report earlier and it showed that only 4% of all mortgages in the United States are 30 days or more delinquent. This is down from 4.3% a year earlier and is near historic lows.
Mortgage loan portfolios are performing extremely well which means credit standards should remain accommodating in the near future.
Contributing to strong loan performance is the fact that most homeowners have a significant amount of equity built up in their homes. According to the most recent Corelogic Homeowners Equity Insights report the average homeowner has seen a +5.7% increase to their home equity since last year.
Here in Oregon the average homeowner gained ~$7,000 in equity which is why homeownership is still one of the best ways to build long-term financial wealth.
The Week Ahead
Last week’s all-important jobs report disappointed the markets showing only 75,000 new jobs created during May.
This week the economic calendar holds significant data released on Wednesday (Consumer Price Index), Thursday (Import/ Export prices), and Friday (Retail Sales & Consumer Sentiment).
Momentum remains on our side so I will shift to a floating bias.
Current Outlook: floating bias