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  1. Inflation Settles, but Not for Everyone

    Headlines

    Sat, 20 Sep 2014

    me pause. A zero percent opinion seems to indicate another recession. At a 4% funds rate and typical spreads, mortgage rates might be over 6%. That would seemingly be close to the point where the housing market would grind to a halt, in

  2. False Dawn in China

    Headlines

    Fri, 19 Sep 2014

    real estate market. Buyers of second homes in Fujian will also now enjoy the lower down payment requirements and mortgage rates that buyers of first homes do. The provincial government of Sichuan (population 80.8 million) said it will subsidize

  3. Freddie Mac: 30-year fixed-rate mortgage hits four-month high

    Headlines

    Thu, 18 Sep 2014

    Mortgage rates moved higher in the past week, according to the latest Freddie Mac survey which shows the average rate for a 30-year fixed

  4. Diverging Paths…Growing Risks?

    Headlines

    Mon, 15 Sep 2014

    corporate borrowers is often higher than published rates due to extra fees and costs imposed by banks; and favorable mortgage rates are reserved for borrowers with large bank accounts. The government is still testing new targeted easing measures

  5. September Business Cycle: Fed Tightening a Risk?

    Headlines

    Thu, 11 Sep 2014

    the housing market have continued to improve: employment gains have accelerated, homes remain affordable amid low mortgage rates , and banks recently reported a significant increase in their willingness to make residential mortgage loans (see

  6. Mortgage rates inch higher, Freddie Mac says

    Headlines

    Thu, 11 Sep 2014

    The average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 4.12%, a bit higher than last week's 4.10% reading which was the lowest rate since last October, according to the latest Freddie Mac survey . The average rate for the 15-year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 3.26% in the latest week from 3.24%

  7. Late, Not Lost: The Economic Drag From the Millennial Generation

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    Fri, 5 Sep 2014

    have delayed the wealth accumulation required for a down payment.<PAGEBREAK> Moreover, rising home prices and mortgage rates have reduced home affordability relative to 2009–2010. As a result, post-crisis homebuyers have typically been

  8. Mortgage rates hold steady, Freddie Mac says

    Headlines

    Thu, 4 Sep 2014

    The average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage stayed unchanged at 4.10% in the week ending Sept. 4, remaining at the lowest rate since late October, according to Freddie Mac's latest report . The average rate for the 15-year fixed-rate mortgage declined to 3.24% from 3.25% in the prior week. A

  9. The Annaly Capital Share Price Breakdown Graphically Illustrated

    Headlines

    Tue, 2 Sep 2014

    losses since the December 2013 lows, but remains well below the average share prices in effect from mid-2009 until mortgage rates started to increase in the second half of 2012. I have long discussed my thoughts on how the hedging strategies of

  10. Schwab Market Perspective: Sound Familiar?

    Headlines

    Fri, 29 Aug 2014

    jumped 8.1%; pending home sales rose 3.3%; and existing home sales increased 2.4%. With the backup in mortgage rates we’ve seen, combined with changes to credit scoring that should make it easier for borrowers to qualify for loans

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