Bay Area Interest Rate Update

Bay Area Interest Rate Update

Interest rates continue to increase, the 6th day in succession that the rate markets have experienced selling. The bellwether 10 yr note is now back to the level it was trading when the FOMC statement called for another QE move. The mortgage market and treasury market rallied sending rates down as much as 40 basis points on the 10 yr and 20 basis points on mortgages. Now there is apparently a concern in the markets that whatever the Fed may do next Tuesday won’t be enough shock-and-awe to drive rates lower. The Wall Street Journal reported this morning that the Fed is likely to unveil a program of U.S. Treasury bond purchases worth a few hundred billion dollars over several months, in contrast to the central bank’s purchases of nearly $1.5 trillion worth of bonds during the financial crisis. The report said officials want to avoid the “shock-and-awe” approach used during the crisis in favor of an approach that allows them to adjust policy over time as the recovery unfolds.

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