It's been said that history repeats itself. That seems to be the case as we approach the end of the Fed's big Bond-buying program.
In recent weeks, stocks have seen a sell-off while mortgage bonds have pushed considerably higher. Why has this happened? Concerns about slowing global economic growth have pushed investors into the safe haven of the bond market, and investors have also secured profits with stock prices near all-time highs.
But, there's another reason that's important to mention. After the first and second rounds of the Fed's bond-buying program (known as quantitative easing) ended, stocks performed terribly—and that behavior seems to be repeating itself as the Fed's latest version of its bond-buying program is nearing its end later this month. But, that's not all that could impact the markets in coming weeks. If corporate earnings are worse than expected, stocks could continue to drift lower, meaning bonds and home loan rates could continue to benefit. This will be a key story to monitor in the weeks ahead.
In housing news, research firm CoreLogic reported that home prices rose by 6.45 percent from August 2013 to August 2014, which is down from the annual figure reported in July. CoreLogic went on to say that home prices are 12.1percent below the peak seen in April 2006. Looking forward, prices are expected to increase 5.2 percent from August 2014 to August 2015. The takeaway from this is that home price gains have slowed to more normal and sustainable levels, after the large appreciation seen last year.
The bottom line is that home loan rates remain near some of their best levels of the year, and now is a great time to consider a home purchase or refinance. Let me know if I can answer any questions at all for you or your clients.
After Monday's market closure in celebration of Columbus Day, the second half of the week features a busy economic calendar.
- Wednesday brings a full slate of reports, including the Producer Price Index(which measures inflation at the wholesale level) and Retail Sales.
- Also on Wednesday, look for news from the manufacturing sector with theEmpire State Index. The Philadelphia Fed Index will be released on Thursday.
- Weekly Initial Jobless Claims will be reported, as usual, on Thursday. Claims continue to hover near the 300,000 mark.
- Several key housing reports will be released at the end the week, including theNational Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index on Thursday, followed by Housing Starts and Building Permits on Friday.
- And last but not least, the Consumer Sentiment Index will also be released on Friday.
Remember: Weak economic news normally causes money to flow out of Stocks and into Bonds, helping Bonds and home loan rates improve, while strong economic news normally has the opposite result.
When you see these bond prices moving higher, it means home loan rates are improving—and when they are moving lower, home loan rates are getting worse.
By: Michael Borodinsky
Vice President/Regional Builder Branch Manager | Caliber Home Loans
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