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Reversal for Stocks and Bonds

Last week, stocks posted large losses and mortgage rates improved, as investors grew more concerned about the strength of the economy. The reverse took place this week. Better economic data and comments from Fed Chair Yellen boosted stocks and caused mortgage rates to end the week higher. The economic data released this week was generally better [...] Read more

Shift from Stocks to Bonds

The stock market was the biggest influence on mortgage rates this week, as investors shifted assets from stocks to bonds. The Fed Minutes also were favorable for mortgage rates, and rates ended the week lower, near the lowest levels of the year. Beginning with the Jobs report last week, investors became more bearish about the stock market, and [...] Read more

Job Gains on Target

This week, all eyes were on Friday's key monthly Employment report. Adding to the focus, Fed Chair Janet Yellen emphasized on Monday that future Fed policy will primarily be determined by the performance of the labor market. The jobs data was right in line with expectations, and mortgage rates ended the week a little lower. After a rough start to [...] Read more

Future Inflation

It was a very quiet week for mortgage rates. There were few surprises in the economic data. Talk of easing by the European Central Bank (ECB) was positive for US mortgage rates, helping rates end the week a little lower. Mortgage rates are primarily set based on expectations for future inflation. The Fed has an inflation target of 2.0%. Most [...] Read more

Yellen Surprises Investors

A short comment by Fed Chair Janet Yellen caught investors off guard on Wednesday, and the reaction was not good for mortgage rates. In addition, a reduction in tensions in Ukraine caused investors to return to riskier assets, hurting safer assets such as mortgage-backed securities (MBS). As a result, mortgage rates ended the week higher. As [...] Read more

Ukraine and China

Tensions in Ukraine flared up again this week, causing investors to shift assets from stocks to the relative safety of bonds. Weaker than expected economic data in China also favored bonds over stocks, while the US economic data was roughly neutral. As a result, mortgage rates ended the week lower. The most significant US economic report released [...] Read more

Strong Demand for US Bonds

The economic data released this week contained mixed results and had little impact on mortgage rates. Strong demand for US fixed income securities was the main influence this week, helping mortgage rates end the week a little lower. There were strong indications this week that foreign investors, most likely in Japan and China, increased their [...] Read more

Rates Higher after Fed Minutes

The positive momentum in mortgage rates shifted direction after the release of the Fed Minutes on Wednesday. Investors viewed the Minutes as somewhat positive for stocks and negative for bonds. As a result, mortgage rates ended the week a little higher. The Minutes from the January 29 Fed Meeting revealed that Fed officials remained very divided [...] Read more

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