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What's Ahead for Mortgage Rates This Week - January 19 2021
Last week’s economic reports included readings on inflation, retail sales, and a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell. Weekly readings on mortgage rates and jobless claims were also released.
Inflation Rises as Retail Sales Fall, Fed Says Current Monetary Policy Won’t Change
The Consumer Price Index rose to 0.40 percent in December as compared to November’s reading of 0.20 percent. The CPI measures inflation and the Core CPI measures inflation without the volatile sectors of food and fuel. December’s Core CPI reading fell to a rate of 0.10 percent growth from November’s reading of 0.20 percent.
Retail sales were dampened by the coronavirus, but December’s negative reading of -0.70 percent sales was lower than the -1.40 percent rate reported in November. December sales excluding the automotive sector were -1.40 percent lower in December as compared to November’s reading of -1.30 percent.
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell dispelled fears of rising inflation and said that the Fed’s Federal Open Market Committee will not raise its current federal interest rate range of 0.00 to 0.25 percent any time soon. Chair Powell also said that the Fed would not decrease its purchase of Treasury Bonds as a further measure to stabilize the economy.
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