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MBS RECAP: Delayed Reaction to Fed Hurts Stocks and Bonds
2/21/2019 3:48 PM
Posted To: MBS CommentaryAlthough today brought the week's most anticipated line-up of economic data as well as overnight headlines on US/China trade agreements, the biggest market mover was yesterday's Fed Minutes. At the time, I expressed confusion as to why financial markets weren't doing mo...Read More
Mortgage Rates Slightly Higher Today
2/21/2019 3:03 PM
Posted To: Mortgage Rate WatchMortgage rates may be close to their lowest levels in more than a year, but they were slightly higher versus yesterday. Yesterday"s rates were close enough to 1-year lows that no one would take exception with the claim. That said, rates on January 31st were slightly lower for most ...Read More
NAR: Home Sales "Likely to Have Reached a Cyclical Low"
2/21/2019 10:29 AM
Posted To: MND NewsWireExisting home sales fell again in January although the decline was a minor one compared to the 6.4 percent drop in December. The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) said sales of single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops ticked down 1.2 percent from December"s annual rate of 4...Read More
Closing Rate, Refinance Share Rose in January
2/21/2019 9:05 AM
Posted To: MND NewsWireA 16-basis point drop to 5.01 percent in the average rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages was given only partial credit for a sizable uptick in the refinancing share of originations in January. Ellie Mae"s Origination Insight Report for the month shows the refinancing share of originations jumped ...Read More
Mobile App Product; TIAA/US Bank Deal; FHA, VA, Ginnie News
2/21/2019 7:58 AM
Posted To: Pipeline Press“Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.” A clever quote about differences which reminded me that there are differences between the national debt and the budget deficit. Beginning in 2022, U.S. annual budget deficits are on track to top $1...Read More
MBS Day Ahead: How The Range Expands
2/21/2019 7:29 AM
Posted To: MBS CommentaryIf you're just joining us, we've been talking quite a bit in recent weeks about a consolidation range/trend in the bond market. This refers to a series of higher lows and lower highs resulting in a narrowing trading range--one that eventually runs out of room. When we start...Read More
MBS RECAP: Despite Interesting Tidbits From Fed, Bonds Barely Budge
2/20/2019 4:04 PM
Posted To: MBS CommentaryOne of the most interesting parts of today's Fed Minutes release was their characterization of the market's surprise at December announcement. At best, the Fed was seen as being a shade too optimistic about the economy and the ability to remain in a "steady as she goes...Read More
Mortgage Rates Near Long-Term Lows After Fed Minutes
2/20/2019 3:46 PM
Posted To: Mortgage Rate WatchMortgage rates finally broke from their recent "back-and-forth" pattern of the past 7 business days and moved lower for the 2nd day in a row . Although today"s big-ticket event for financial markets was the 2pm release of the Fed"s most recent meeting minutes (or was it Samsung"s f...Read More
UI Addresses Disparity in Minority Homeownership Rates
2/20/2019 10:45 AM
Posted To: MND NewsWireThe gap in homeownership rates between white Americans and racial and ethnic minorities has persisted for years with the largest gap among black families. All demographic groups have seen their rates decline from the 2004 peak, but again decline since has been most dramatic for black Americans. The...Read More
MBS Day Ahead: Closer Look at Precedents For The Next Big Move
2/20/2019 8:18 AM
Posted To: MBS CommentaryYesterday, I mentioned that it was rare to see short-term momentum technicals consolidate in the center of their "overbought vs oversold" range. This refers to a fast stochastic oscillator--one of many ways that traders apply math the a time series of trading levels in or...Read More

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