Conventional and Government (FHA and VA) lenders set their rates based on the pricing of Mortgage-Backed Securities (MBS) which are traded in real time, all day in the bond market. This means rates or loan fees (mortgage pricing) moves throughout the day, being affected by a variety of economic or political events. When MBS pricing goes up, mortgage rates or pricing generally goes down. When they fall, mortgage pricing goes up. Tracking these securities real-time is critical. For more information about the rate market, contact me directly. I’m among few mortgage professionals who have access to live trading screens during market hours.
Rates Currently Trending: Neutral
Mortgage rates are trending sideways so far this morning. Last week the MBS market worsened by -17bps. This was enough to move rates slightly higher last week. There was moderate mortgage rate volatility last week.
Today's Rate Forecast: Neutral
Three Things: These are the three areas that have the greatest ability to impact mortgage rates this week. 1) Fed, 2) Inflation and 3) Trade War
1) Fed: We will get their FOMC Policy Statement and Rate Decision at 2:00 pm ET on Wednesday. The bond market is pricing in a 25 basis point rate increase. However, the real volatility will be driven not by a rate increase but by comments by Fed Chair Powell during his live press conference and by the release of their updated Economic Projections. Markets will focus on the "dot plot chart" which will show what the aggregate projections among all of the Fed members (not just the voting members) as to where interest rates will be at the end of this year and the next two years. Traders take that and "reverse engineer" how many rate hikes there may be assuming a 1/4 point hike each time.
2) Inflation: Friday's PCE report is the most important domestic economic release of the week. As the Fed's "official" inflation rate, the Core (Ex-food and energy) YOY reading hit 2% last time around, it is expected to remain at 2%. If it ticks up, it will pressure rates.
3) Trade War: The most recent round of $200B in tariffs on Chinese products and $60B on U.S. products go into effect today on both sides. This, by itself, is not going to move markets. But we'll be focusing on any new announcements of additional tariffs, scheduled trade talks, movement in NAFTA, etc.
Treasury Auctions this week:
09/24 2 year note
09/25 5 year note
09/27 7 year note
Today's Potential Rate Volatility: Average
We could see some rate volatility this week. The biggest factor is likely to come from the inflation numbers on Friday. Of course, the Fed meeting also has the ability to move markets and cause volatility.
If you are looking for the risks and benefits of locking your interest rate in today, contact your mortgage professional to discuss it with them.
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