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2014 ushers in 5% mortgage rates

By Brena Swanson
The housing market is just around the corner from the new year, and besides an onslaught of new regulations, the year 2014 is also estimated to bring a new high: 5% mortgage rates.smal_o

By the end of 2014, Frank Nothaft, chief economist with Freddie Mac, predicts that mortgage rates will approach and perhaps touch 5%, mostly due to the Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing.

At some point the Fed will scale back their bond purchases, Nothaft said, but when they will start and how gradual it will be, is very unclear.
“I do think in the first half of the year they will announce something on tapering, and they will start to pull back. But when you have a big investor like the Fed scale back their purchases, it will lead back to an uptick in yields, which will translate into higher mortgage rates,” Nothaft said.

Personally, Nothaft said he believes that if Janet Yellen is nominated as chairman, one of her first acts will be to get a consensus statement from the Federal Open Market Committee that is as transparent as possible as to what the Fed will do about tapering. full story

 

Mortgage rates continue upward momentum

By: Christina Mlynski

Fixed mortgage rates edged higher for the second week in a row on stronger than expected economic data, specifically the jobs report that shocked the market. More importantly, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage reached its highest level since September, when it averaged 4.32%. The 30-year FRM came in at 4.35%, up from 4.16% last week, and also up from 3.34% last year, Freddie Mac said in its Primary Mortgage Market Survey. “Fixed mortgage rates increased this week following stronger than expected economic data releases,” said Freddie Mac vice president and chief economist Frank Nothaft. He added, “Nonfarm payrolls increased by 204,000 in October, above the consensus forecast. In addition, revisions added 60,000 additional jobs to the prior two-month releases. Preliminary estimates indicate real GDP growth in the third quarter was 2.8 percent, also above consensus.”

The 15-year, FRM increased 3.35%, up from 3.27% last week and a steep rebound from 2.65% last year. Meanwhile, the 5-year Treasury-index adjustable-rate mortgage averaged 3.01%, up from 2.96% last week, and an increase from 2.55% a year ago. Additionally, the 1-year Treasury-index ARM came in at 2.61%, unchanged from last week, dropping from 2.55% a year earlier. …full story

 

 

Global equity markets finally succumbed to the worry that economic activity is slowing. A lower growth target in China was followed by a sharp downgrade of growth expectations in the Eurozone by the European Central Bank (ECB), and a shockingly small gain in new jobs in the U.S. Taken together it was enough to push some investors to the sidelines, eager to take their profits from the rally off the December low, and wait for greater clarity on the economic outlook. It didn't help that there was little news regarding the U.S.-China trade negotiations, causing speculation that progress had slowed. For the week, the MSCI All Country World index fell 2.1 percent, its first weekly loss in the past four, and just the second this year. Notably, the index fell on each of last week's trading sessions and has now fallen in eight of the past nine. The same is true of the S&P 500. [...]
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MINNEAPOLIS – February 26, 2019 – The Board of Directors of Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE: AMP) has authorized an additional $2.5 billion for the repurchase of shares of its common stock through March 31, 2021. Through the fourth quarter of 2018, the company had repurchased approximately $2.0 billion of its current $2.5 billion authorization, and the remaining capacity will continue to be available through June 30, 2019. [...]
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