Three things that could impact rates this week


Today's Mortgage Rate Summary

How Rates Move:

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.

Rates Currently Trending: Neutral

Mortgage rates are moving sideways today. The MBS market worsened by -30 bps last week. This may have been enough to increase mortgage rates or fees. The market experienced high volatility last week.

Today's Rate Forecast: Neutral

Three Things: These are the three areas that have the greatest ability to impact rates this week. 1) Inflation, 2) The Fed and 3) Retail Sales.

1) Inflation: Last week the BLS completed their annual recalibration (called a "seasonal adjustment") of how they calculate CPI. Now, this week we will get CPI on Tuesday and PPI on Friday. The CPI can have a major impact on rates.

2) The Fed: The bond market will continue to try to hedge their bets on the timing of a change in policy from the Federal Reserve. Here is this week's speaking schedule:

02/12 Kashkari, Barkin

02/14 Goolsbee, Barr

02/15 Bostic, Waller

02/16 Daly, Fed's Monetary Policy Report.

3) Retail Sales: After a big pull back in Consumer Credit, there is concern over this week's Retail Sales report for January with the headline expectations looking for a contraction of -0.1%.

Today's Potential Rate Volatility: High

This morning markets are moving sideways without any major economic news. Volatility has started low but will increase later in the week.

Bottom Line:

If you are looking for the risks and benefits of locking your interest rate in today or floating your loan rate, contact your mortgage professional to discuss it with them.

Source: TBWS

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Mortgage Advisor

NMLS: #437292

Cell: 215-407-3832

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