This week is packed full of economic indicators that may influence mortgage interest rates, including the Fed meeting on Wednesday and Jobs Report on Friday. The Jobs Report carries a lot of weight with mortgage rates as it may indicate inflation. As the economy and employment improves, we may see signs of wage inflation. Inflation is the arch enemy of bonds, like mortgage backed securities – which mortgage rates are based on. World tensions may also impact mortgage rates as investors may seek the safety found in bonds.
This week is jam packed with data that may impact the direction of mortgage interest rates. Mortgage rates are based on bonds (mortgage backed securities) and are traded similar to stocks. Often times, mortgage rates will improve when we see the stock market taking a hit or rise when the stock market is rallying. This is because investors will trade the safety of bonds for the greater returns potentially found with stocks. The reverse is also true.
Mortgage rates are slightly improved this morning as the stock market is taking a bit of a hit. As I write this (8:45 am) the DOW is down about 200 points. It’s not unusual to see mortgage rates improve when the stock markets are selling off as investors will seek the safety of bonds. Mortgage rates are based on bonds (mortgage backed securities) and will often react opposite to the stock market.
This week we’ ll be watching for the minutes from the last FOMC meeting and the Jobs Report as they may impact the direction of mortgage interest rates. It’s anticipated that employers added 197k jobs in December. Here are the economic indicators scheduled to be released this week:
This week is packed with economic data that may impact mortgage the direction of mortgage interest rates including the Jobs Report on Friday. Here are some of the economic indicators scheduled to be released:
Mortgage rates continue to be at very low levels. Although they’re not at the lows from May, Freddie Mac’s Mortgage Market Survey reports that mortgage rates have been trending lower for the last four months. If you missed the refi-boat a few months ago, this may be your second chance. You may want to contact a local licensed mortgage professional for an updated mortgage rate quote (if your home is located anywhere in Washington state, I’m happy to help you).
It’s not only economic indicators that may impact the direction of mortgage rates, world events, such as what’s going on in Syria, may also cause rates to go down or up. This is because mortgage interest rates are based on mortgage backed securities (bonds) and when their is uncertainty in the world, investors may seek the safety of bonds, which tends to cause mortgage rates to improve. Remember, as the stock market improves, investors will trade the safety of bonds (like mortgage backed securities) for the potentially quicker returns found in stocks.
This week is packed full of economic data that may dramatically impact mortgage rates. Not only do we have the results of the Fed meeting on Wednesday, we wind up the week with the Jobs Report on Friday. I anticipate this will be another volatile week for mortgage interest rates.