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September 5, 2008 Vol. 2, Issue XXXV
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Why the Fed cuts haven't worked
One of the Federal Reserve's staunchest proponents of its rate-cutting spree explains why lower rates haven't helped boost the economy
It's been almost a year since the Federal Reserve issued the first of what turned out to be seven rate-cuts to deal with the credit crisis. So why does the economy still seem like it's in a big funk, with banks continuing to suffer? One of the biggest proponents of the Fed's aggressive rate-cutting spree has an explanation. Eric Rosengren, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, said in a speech Wednesday that the low federal funds rate of 2% is providing "much less stimulus...than it otherwise would" because of the credit crunch. The federal funds rate is an overnight bank lending rate that banks charge each other to borrow money. But Rosengren argues that just because banks are charging each other a relatively low rate, this does "not necessarily translate into lower costs to the vast majority of borrowers." In other words, even though the Fed has slashed the federal funds rate from 5.25% to 2%, many beaten-up banks have nevertheless substantially tightened credit standards for businesses and consumers. Rosengren said that the rate cuts have "merely offset the tightening in credit conditions created by the financial turmoil that began last summer." Rosengren is not currently a member of the Fed's policy-making Federal Open Market Committee. But he was a voting member last year for three of the cuts, and also voted in favor of the surprise three-quarters-of-a-point rate cut at an unscheduled meeting this past January. In fact, Rosengren could be considered one of the more dovish (i.e. in favor of lower rates) of the Fed presidents. He actually dissented with the Fed's decision to cut rates by just a quarter-point last December because he wanted a bigger reduction. So it's interesting that he's now acknowledging that the cuts haven't worked. Still, Rosengren defended the Fed's strategy, saying that "credit conditions would likely be much worse" if the Fed had not acted. But Rosengren's comments highlight a big problem facing the Fed right now. Sure, the recent slide in the price of oil and other commodities - and the rally in the dollar - may give the Fed reason to relax a bit about inflation fears. The global economic slowdown that now appears to be taking place means that the Fed is highly unlikely to raise interest rates any time soon. Yet, the Fed doesn't appear to have much wiggle-room to lower rates further if the economy weakens further or if more banks get into trouble. Few expect that the Fed would want to inch closer to the historic lows of 1% reached in 2003 - especially since many blame the low rate for the housing bubble. In addition, with inflation as high as it is, further reductions to interest rates would hurt savers even more. Rate cuts tend to lead to lower yields on money-market accounts, precisely the type of investments that people might want to flock to in an economic environment as uncertain as this. That's all the more reason to expect the Fed to keep rates on hold for the next few months, and instead continue to rely on more creative ways to end the credit crunch, such as opening up the so-called "discount window" of funding to investment banks and creating the Term Auction Facility short-term lending program to provide even more liquidity to banks. So, simply put, investors and consumers probably have to sit tight and wait a while longer before lower interest rates will have an effect. Rosengren said that "as financial headwinds subside...we will see the rates available to businesses and consumers decline, helping to stimulate demand." But it's anybody's guess as to when those headwinds will finally subside to a large enough degree to allow the Fed's rate cuts to work as they should.
Extreme Housing Overvaluation Deemed Nil
Extreme overvaluation in the nation's housing market was "essentially nonexistent" in the second quarter, an indication that "the nation's housing 'bubble' has popped and house prices reflect a healthy balance in relation to long-term fundamentals," according to an analysis released by Global Insight Inc., Waltham, Mass. The quarterly housing valuation analysis, House Prices in America, found that prices fell in 152 of the 330 covered metropolitan markets in the second quarter, representing 46% of all single-family units in the United States. "Although the markets that were extremely overvalued two years ago are seeing expected price declines, other areas are seeing price declines due to weak economic conditions," said Jeannine Cataldi, senior economist and manager of Global Insight's Regional Real Estate Service. "The market has a lot of inventory to work through before prices will change course."
The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate fell from 6.40% to 6.35% over the seven-day period ended Sept. 4, according to Freddie Mac's Primary Mortgage Market Survey. The average 15-year fixed mortgage rate fell from 5.93% to 5.90%, the average rate for five-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages declined from 6.03% to 5.97%, and the average rate for one-year Treasury-indexed ARMs decreased from 5.33% to 5.15%, Freddie Mac reported. Fees and points averaged 0.7 of a point for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages and 0.6 of a point for ARMs and 15-year fixed-rate mortgages. "Mortgage rates eased a bit over the holiday-shortened week following release of economic data that suggest consumer spending may slow," said Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac's chief economist. "The economy grew at an upwardly revised 3.3% pace in the second quarter, boosted by the smallest trade deficit in eight years, and residential fixed investment slowed growth by 0.6%, the least amount since the same period a year ago." A year ago, the average 30-year and 15-year fixed mortgage rates were 6.46% and 6.15%, respectively, and the average hybrid and one-year ARM rates were 6.32% and 5.74%, Freddie Mac said. Freddie can be found online at http://www.freddiemac.com.
MI Numbers Hit Record Low
The dollar volume of primary new mortgage insurance written and the number of applications received both hit new lows for the year in July, according to data provided by the Mortgage Insurance Cos. of America. Total primary new insurance written for the month was $12.3 billion (all but $31 million through the traditional channel), a decline from June's $13.7 billion, which had been the low point. Application volume fell from 90,868 in June to 86,734 in July. July's data, according to MICA does not include Triad Guaranty Insurance Corp., which went into run-off during the month. It also does not include Radian Guaranty, which is not a member of the group. Primary insurance in force is $801.6 billion down from $863 billion, but the decline is due to Triad's removal. The cure/default ratio fell from 63.6% to 57.0%, with 39,229 cures and 68,831 defaults. New pool risk written in July was $31.9 million, compared with $30.1 million in June.
Fannie Won't Buy NY Subprime Loans
Fannie Mae says it will not purchase "subprime loans" as defined by a recently passed New York lending law that goes into effect Sept. 1. "Fannie Mae will not purchase or securitize any mortgage loan that meets the definition of a subprime loan under New York law, regardless of whether any provision of the law is pre-empted by federal law with respect to a particular mortgage or for a particular originator," according to Fannie announcement 08-21. The New York legislature created a new category of subprime loans that falls between prime and higher-cost loans. "The [subprime] threshold is so low that FHA loans and lower-grade Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans get dangerously close to crossing the threshold, and in some cases cross the threshold," said Don Romano, president of Shelter Rock Mortgage Corp. in Lake Success, N.Y. On Aug. 12, Freddie Mae said it would not purchase New York subprime loans. Fannie can be found online at http://www.fanniemae.com.
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