This week is packed full of economic indicators and events that may influence the direction of mortgage interest rates, including Fed Head Janet Yellen’s two day testimony in front of Congress which starts tomorrow. Here’s a list of economic indicators scheduled to be released this week:
Mortgage rates are pretty much unchanged following yesterday’s sell off in the bond market causing rates to trend higher. Today at 11:00 am Seattle time, the Fed will release the minutes from the last FOMC meeting. This tends to influence mortgage rates so I thought it would be interesting to do a live rate mortgage rate post. You can follow me on Twitter @mortgageporter to see when I’ve updated this post.
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This week’s economic calendar appears to be sparse. Watch for mortgage rates to take direction from the stock market. Often, mortgage rates will react opposite to the stock market as rates are based on mortgage backed securities (bonds). When stocks are having a stellar day, traders will often pull bonds (like mortgage backed securities) to invest in stocks. And when the Dow is dropping, we tend to see mortgage rates improve as investors will seek the safety of bonds.
What May Impact Mortgage Rates this Week: February 2, 2015 – Mortgage Rate Post – Rates Continue Lower
It feels like a “Blue Monday” following yesterday’s disappointing loss at SB49. With that said, one thing I am NOT disappointed with is our Seattle Seahawks. What a great season. Thank you Seahawks and thank you fellow 12s! I am looking forward to the Seattle Mariners…and then SB50! I know this has nothing to do with mortgage rates.
Back to work…
This morning, Freddie Mac released their weekly mortgage rate report confirming that the 30 year fixed conforming rate is back to record lows from 19 months ago:
Mortgage rates continue to bounce along very low levels. Last Friday’s Jobs Report was a bit of a mixed bag with then number of employed increasing and hourly wages slightly lower. We don’t have any economic indicators scheduled to be released today. Watch mortgage rates take their cue from the stock market and world events.
The last week of 2014 is here. It’s another short week with the New Year holiday and so we may be dealing with traders on vacations, which can translate to lighter volumes and/or more volatility. Markets and financial offices (including ours) will be closed on Thursday, January 1, 2015 to celebrate the New Year.
The last two weeks of this year are short ones due to the holidays. Many traders may be on vacation so you can anticipate the volatility to continue with stock and bond markets, which means we may see mortgage rates bump around a bit as well.
Bond markets will be closing early on Wednesday and will be closed on Thursday, as will Mortgage Master Service Corporation. Friday will be “back to normal” as far as work hours are concerned. Next week will also be a shorter week with the New Year holiday.