The Federal Reserve’s statement after yesterday’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting left no doubt as to the Fed’s dual commitment to keeping long-term interest rates down and encouraging economic growth. But there were a few subtle changes to the Fed’s current bond-buying program made during today’s FOMC meeting.
The Fed buying bonds and Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS) works by boosting bond prices, which typically helps with keeping mortgage rates lower. Instead of the Fed’s monthly purchase of $85 billion in bonds and MBS per month, they will now make the call if they want to reduce these purchases, depending how well the economy is performing. Instead of turning this quantitative easing (QE) OFF or ON, they can use the concept of a “dimmer” switch instead. Continue reading →
At the opening this morning, we are experiencing our 3rd day in-a-row of rising rates. What’s up with that? Thankfully, at the moment, they are clawing their way back. Last week, Mortgage rates rose as investors gained confidence in the global economy. China and Europe posted better-than-expected manufacturing rates, U.S. Jobless Claims fell for the second straight week, and the worst of the European debt crisis appears to have passed.
This so-called fiscal cliff is leaving mortgage rate shoppers shaking their heads? First, we are being told, if our congress allows us to fall over that cliff, it will equate to a monthly loss of $530, or more than $6000 per year, for many americans. If this were not enough to worry about, my clients shopping for homes, are also facing the uncertainty of what direction mortgage rates will move – Up? or Down? Last week, rates have started to creep up, and up. Continue reading →
The Federal Open Market Committee voted to leave the Fed Funds Rate unchanged within its current target range of 0.000-0.250 percent Wednesday.
For the ninth consecutive meeting, the vote was nearly unanimous. And, also for the ninth consecutive meeting, Richmond Federal Reserve President Jeffrey Lacker was the lone dissenter in the 9-1 vote.
The Fed Funds Rate has been near zero percent since December 2008. At the close today, Mortgage Backed Securities ended the day a little worse (rates/fees went up a bit) on the news… Continue reading →