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    • MBS RECAP: Bonds Think it Over After NFP, Then Finally Decide to Rally December 7, 2018
      Posted To: MBS CommentaryThis morning's trading--both before and after NFP came out--basically acted as additional time for debate . Both MBS and Treasuries bounced quickly, but symmetrically around yesterday's closing levels before finally choosing a direction. Actually, the direction may have been chosen for them to some extent, as it was the stock market that […]
    • Mortgage Rates Lowest Since September After Jobs Report December 7, 2018
      Posted To: Mortgage Rate WatchMortgage rates held on to their recent improvements today after the important Employment Situation (the big "jobs report") showed November job creation was lower than expected. In general, weaker job creation is good for interest rates because it speaks to slower economic growth and inflation (both of which are enemies of […]
    • New Fannie/Freddie Requirements May Penalize High-Risk Borrowers December 7, 2018
      Posted To: MND NewsWireThree researchers from the Urban Institute (UI) recently analyzed the new capital standards rule proposed by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the GSEs.) The proposed rule includes two alternative leverage ratio proposals. Under the first, the GSEs would be required to hold capital equal to […]
    • Uptick in Home Purchase Sentiment Reflects Increased Confidence December 7, 2018
      Posted To: MND NewsWireFannie Mae's Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI) for November rose slightly, but within the 0.5-point increase was some increased confidence about personal finances and the wisdom of buying a home. The index, which consolidates responses from a subset of questions on the company's National Housing Survey, rose to 86.2 from 85.7 in […]
    • Warehouse Products; Vendor/Service Provider Directory; Yield Curve Primer December 7, 2018
      Posted To: Pipeline PressThe year has sped along, and here we are at Pearl Harbor Day already. Although mortgage rates have lagged, what has pushed Treasury rates down? Released earlier this week, the Federal Reserve's latest report on economic conditions, known as the Beige Book, says most of its 12 regions achieved satisfactory growth in […]
    • MBS Day Ahead: So Much of The Recent Volatility Has Been Building Toward Today December 7, 2018
      Posted To: MBS CommentaryPowell's speech last week at the Economic Club of New York marked the beginning of an official shift. Until then, while the Fed had its dovish dissenters, the consensus was "steady as she goes" with respect to regular rate hikes in the coming quarters. The only uncertainty was whether or not the […]

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