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Look Into the Markets


Interest rates ticked up week over week and are near the highest levels of 2021. Let's break down three things moving the markets and what to watch for in the weeks ahead.

"Truckin', got my chips cashed in" ... Truckin' by The Grateful Dead

1. Buy on the Dip is Back

Stocks had a bad September, with the S&P 500 falling 4.8%, its worst month since March. After a multi-year rally with major indices doubling in value since March 2020. Many market analysts called for a much bigger drop in September.

It has not come to pass and in October, we are seeing investors jump back in and "buy the dip", sending stocks to fresh historic highs. What has been the main driver of the stock gains?

Earnings, earnings, earnings. Many firms from the banking to the technology sector reported stronger than expected 3rd quarter earnings and maintained their future growth targets.

As stocks go higher, it is typically at the expense of bonds/rates as has been the case this month.

2. Fed Taper Cometh

November 3rd is just around the corner. That is the day the Federal Reserve meets and, likely announces their intentions to start tapering or scaling back their $120B monthly bond purchases.

The Fed started this bond-buying program in March 2020 to help stabilize the mortgage-backed security (MBS) market and help pin down long-term rates to stimulate the purchase and refinance market. Those goals have been met, so the Fed is ready to taper.

MBS prices have been moving lower the past few weeks in anticipation of the Fed taper announcement. Are we seeing a sell on the rumor and a potential buy on the news? Meaning, is the bond market moving lower on the news we expect to hear only to stabilize once the official announcement is made? It's quite possible if history is any guide. Back in 2013, the bond market endured a "taper tantrum" when the Fed remarked about possibly scaling back purchases. However, when the Fed started the tapering many months later, MBS prices improved as did home loan rates.

This will be an important event and subsequent bond market reaction to follow as rates do threaten to move to the highest levels of the year.

3. Supply Chain Disruption

We are seeing shortages of many goods as the globe struggles to ramp up production to meet demand. Apple just announced they expect to sell far less of their iPhone 13s this holiday because of chip shortages.

On top of this, we currently have nearly 200 cargo ships floating in our waters waiting to be unloaded and shipped throughout the country. The problem?

We do not have enough people working in the ports and driving trucks to help move the goods throughout the country. It has been reported that we may need an additional 80,000 truckers here in the US just to get past this current supply chain disruption and meet demand.

What will be the effect? Scarcity and higher prices. It now appears the supply chain disruption is going to last well into 2022 and that means higher prices (inflation) will be more persistent.

Just this past week, the National Association of Home Builders said the supply chain problems have caused shortages in cement, drywall, and many other materials required to build homes. This will lead to even higher new home prices in the year ahead.

Inflation is the archenemy of bonds. If inflation remains stubbornly high, it will put upward pressure on rates, especially if the Fed is buying fewer bonds.

Bottom line: If you are considering a home loan, now is the time. Home loan rates are testing the highest levels of the year. A price to move lower from here would usher in even higher rates. Look at the chart below for more detail.

Looking Ahead

Next week is a monster news week. There are a bunch of corporate earnings. The Treasury will sell a boatload of Treasuries. And if that were not enough, the Fed's favored gauge of inflation – the Core PCE will be released as well as the 1st reading of 3rd Quarter GDP.

Comments (7)

Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Thanks for sharing Will. This supply chain slowdowns going to hurt the consumers!

We do not have enough people working in the ports and driving trucks to help move the goods throughout the country. It has been reported that we may need an additional 80,000 truckers here in the US just to get past this current supply chain disruption and meet demand.

Oct 23, 2021 09:38 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Sham,  you are making some great points!


Oct 23, 2021 09:41 AM
Tony Busanich
TD Bank - Freehold, NJ

Thank you Will, for the great information and the market update for next week. Interesting information I hope people look at it,  very very important when you're buying a home to be financially a informed of aall the markets.

Oct 23, 2021 10:37 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


This is a nice article you found to share with itus.  WE wish you a wonderful Saturday and weekend. A

Oct 23, 2021 10:43 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Will- thank you for sharing this.  I have already started ordering Christmas gifts because of the supply chain issue. 

Oct 23, 2021 12:27 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Yeah, all factors considered rates should be going up - but still far below 30 year averages

Oct 23, 2021 04:47 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Will, I will bite my tongue since all this could have been prevented..... great post and good information, Endre

Oct 23, 2021 05:05 PM