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August 6th Daily Rate Lock Advisory

August 6th, 2008 12:26 PM by Melanie Mitchell - Team Lead/Listing Specialist


Wednesday's bond market has opened in negative territory as traders continue to digest yesterday's events. Also contributing to this morning's weakness was news of a much larger than expected quarterly loss and mortgage giant Freddie Mac. This raised concerns about the credit markets and the stability of the company and its sister entity Fannie Mae. The concern led to more selling in bonds in this morning and sizable increases to mortgage rates.

The stock markets are mixed with the Dow down 21 points and the Nasdaq up 6 points. The bond market is currently down 12/32, which will likely push this morning's mortgage rates higher by approximately .375 - .500 of a discount point over yesterday's morning rates.

There is no relevant economic news scheduled for release today. Yesterday's FOMC meeting has adjourned with an announcement that there was not a change to key short-term interest rates. It was the second consecutive meeting with no change and was widely expected. The post-meeting statement indicated that the Fed was aware and considered the economic slowdown but also was quite concerned about the threat of inflation. Those words created concern in the bond market since inflation erodes the value of a bond's future fixed interest payments.

The next piece of news is tomorrow's posting of weekly unemployment figures and those are not considered to be of high importance to the markets. This leaves the bond market to be influenced by stock and oil prices. If stocks continue to move higher, we may see bonds suffer and mortgage rates move higher until Friday's data is posted. If the major indexes begin to fall, bond could benefit and drive mortgage rates lower.

Employee Productivity and Costs data for the second quarter will be released Friday morning. It will give us an indication of employee output. High levels of productivity are believed to allow the economy to grow without fears of inflation. I don't see this being a big mover of mortgage pricing, but since it is the only data of the day it may influence rates slightly. Analysts are currently expecting to see an increase in productivity of 2.7%. A higher than expected reading could help improve bonds, leading to lower mortgage rates.

If I were considering financing/refinancing a home, I would.... Lock if my closing was taking place within 7 days... Lock if my closing was taking place between 8 and 20 days... Float if my closing was taking place between 21 and 60 days... Float if my closing was taking place over 60 days from now... This is only my opinion of what I would do if I were financing a home. It is only an opinion and cannot be guaranteed to be in the best interest of all/any other borrowers.

©Mortgage Commentary 2008
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Posted by Melanie Mitchell - Team Lead/Listing Specialist on August 6th, 2008 12:26 PM


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