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  1. Business Cycle Update: Europe Turning the Cyclical Corner

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    Wed, 22 Apr 2015

    The housing market continues on a slow but positive trend, underpinned by the tightening labor market, still-low mortgage rates , and easing lending conditions. Global China. After a multiyear property and credit boom, China is struggling

  2. Allied Irish may cut mortgage rates amid political backlash

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    Wed, 22 Apr 2015

    DUBLIN, April 22 (Reuters) - Allied Irish Banks (AIB) raised the prospect of cutting the cost of variable rate mortgages on Wednesday amid a public and political backlash over lenders' reluctance to ease the burden on customers as they return to profit.

  3. Gaining Traction: Fannie and Freddie Flirt with Re-privatization

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    Tue, 21 Apr 2015

    risk is, and charges appropriately for the risk in mortgage rates and in mortgage insurance rates. This is the private market ..... demand deposits. And the borrower ultimately pays in mortgage rates for an insurance fee, which is then paid to the federal

  4. Prepaying a Mortgage Has Its Payoff For Most, But Not All

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    Sun, 19 Apr 2015

    factoring in taxes). The question of whether to prepay a mortgage is particularly interesting these days, with mortgage rates near all-time lows and the stock market engaged in a bull run that recently passed its sixth anniversary. Whereas

  5. March Business Cycle: Impact of Strong Dollar

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    Fri, 27 Mar 2015

    demand—are now rising slightly.7 The housing market continues on a slow but positive trend, underpinned by lower mortgage rates , easing lending conditions, and falling unemployment. Global Europe: signs of improvement Economic expectations for the

  6. Arnott on All Asset March 2015

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    Tue, 24 Mar 2015

    times are over: The first-time buyers UDR is trying to attract will likely be kept out of the market by rising mortgage rates . Slowing condo sales should boost demand for apartment rentals. Still, the decline in condo sales and the decreased

  7. REFILE-TABLE-U.S. 30-year, 15-year mortgages

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    Thu, 19 Mar 2015

    (refiled to fix alignment) March 19 (Reuters) - FREDDIE MAC AVERAGE U.S. MORTGAGE RATES (PERCENT) FOR WEEKS ENDING: MAR 19 MAR 12 YEAR AGO 30-YR 3.78 3.86 4.32 15-YR 3.06 3.10 3.32 5-YR ARM 2.97 3.01...

  8. The Bad News Bulls

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    Sat, 14 Mar 2015

    buyers who are sitting on the fence suddenly swing into action, as they did in 2013 when the taper tantrum drove both mortgage rates and home sales sharply higher. It's the opposite of what Economics 101 would teach, but with rates so low, it

  9. The Shortfalls of Fed Fortunetelling

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    Sat, 21 Feb 2015

    pulls the rest of the economy upward. Despite falling mortgage rates , affordability just hasn't changed much as prices ..... the world on fire) have more than offset falling mortgage rates . Current affordability is still very good relative

  10. Plunging Oil Prices: Investment Winners and Losers

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    Thu, 12 Feb 2015

    new construction and home sales. The housing market continues on a slow but positive trend, underpinned by lower mortgage rates , easing lending conditions, and falling unemployment. GLOBAL China After a multiyear property and credit boom, China

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