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Mortgage Rate Indicators for Denver
When the time comes to buy a home, whether it's your first or your fifth, interest rates are always top of the list of items to be considered. Below are the mortgage rate indicators for the upcoming week.
Market Comment - Week of December 7th, 2009
Mortgage bond prices fell last week pushing mortgage interest rates significantly higher. We saw selling pressure almost the entire week as housing and factory orders data was stronger than expected, the Fed Chairman mentioned rate hikes, and weekly jobless claims beat estimates. To top the already negative week, the employment report came in stronger than expected causing rates to spike even higher Friday morning. Interest rates finished the week worse by about 1 and 1/2-discount points.
The continued Treasury auctions will gain a lot of attention this week. If foreign demand for the debt is weak we could see rates head higher. The first portion of the week is light regarding economic releases but the trade data Thursday and retail sales data Friday have the potential to result in mortgage interest rate volatility. Be alert throughout the entire week.
Economic Factors Economic Indicator Release Date Time Consensus Estimate Analysis Consumer Credit Monday, Dec. 7, 2009 Down $9.3 billion Low importance. A significantly large increase may lead to lower mortgage interest rates. 3-year Treasury Note Auction Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009 None Important. $40 billion of notes will be auctioned. Strong demand may lead to lower mortgage rates. 10-year Treasury Note Auction Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009 None Important. $21 billion of notes will be auctioned. Strong demand may lead to lower mortgage rates. Trade Data Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009 $37.1 billion deficit Important. Affects the value of the dollar. A falling deficit may strengthen the dollar and lead to lower rates. 30-year Treasury Bond Auction Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009 None Important. $13 billion of bonds will be auctioned. Strong demand may lead to lower mortgage rates. Retail Sales Friday, Dec. 11, 2009 Up 0.5% Important. A measure of consumer demand. A smaller than expected increase may lead to lower mortgage rates. U of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Friday, Dec. 11, 2009 68.5% Important. An indication of consumers' willingness to spend. Weakness may lead to lower mortgage rates. Business Inventories Friday, Dec. 11, 2009 Down 0.2% Low importance. An indication of stored-up capacity. A significantly large increase may lead to lower rates.
Are Rate Hikes Coming?
The biggest fear of bondholders is inflation. Real or perceived, inflation erodes the value of fixed income securities causing prices fall and rates to rise. The last thing the struggling housing sector of the economy needs is escalating mortgage interest rates. Unfortunately comments from Fed Chairman Bernanke have many traders concerned that rate hikes are on the way. Bernanke indicated the Fed would follow a "rolling exit process" in which special programs run down and ultimately implement a tightening policy. He went on to mention raising rates and indicated the Fed will cut back and close emergency lending programs as the markets normalize. The reaction to these remarks was fast and furious as mortgage interest rates shot higher.
While it is almost inevitable that the Fed will eventually raise rates, the question still remains when that process will actually start to occur. Many traders took Bernanke's remarks as a warning of things to come sooner rather than later.
Despite the recent rate increases last week rates remain historically very favorable. Lower rates are not guaranteed and floating in this environment is very risky.
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