Category Archives: Consumers

It’s the Third Largest Housing Boom Ever!

The Mortgage Corner fred.stlouisfed.org The 10-year Treasury bond yield has fallen back to 2.86 percent, which is usually recession territory. And the 30-year conforming fixed rate is 4.125 percent again with a 1-point origination fee. This is unheard of in … Continue reading

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Weaker Employment Report Due to Trade Wars?

Financial FAQs MarketWatch.com Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 155,000 in November, and the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.7 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job gains occurred in health care, in manufacturing, and in transportation … Continue reading

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Trade Wars Hurt U.S. the Most!

Popular Economics Weekly Econoday.com Is the trade war hurting U.S. jobs? Yes, says Mauldin Economics’ Patrick Watson, among others. Watson uses US automakers as an example. Ford and GM estimate that the 25 percent steel and 10 percent aluminum tariffs … Continue reading

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Credit Alert—Interest Rates about to Invert

The Mortgage Corner MarketWatch.com The spread between the 2-year note and the 10-year narrowed 4 basis points to 0.16 percentage point on Monday, its flattest levels since July 2007, according to MarketWatch. The 10-year Treasury yield dropped back below 3 … Continue reading

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Home Sales Rise for the Holidays

The Mortgage Corner Econoday.com Existing-home sales increased in October after six straight months of decreases, according to the National Association of Realtors. Three of four major U.S. regions saw gains in sales activity last month. Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist, … Continue reading

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Retail Sales Surge While Consumers Pay Down Debt

Popular Economics Weekly Econoday.com U.S. retail sales rebounded sharply in October as purchases of motor vehicles and building materials surged, likely driven by rebuilding efforts in areas devastated by Hurricane Florence. CBS News reports an economic consulting firm says Hurricane … Continue reading

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Higher Interest Rates Ahead?

Popular Economics Weekly Econoday.com The benchmark 10-year Treasury Bond Yield that determines mortgage and other long term rates ended at 3.13 percent today from 3.11 percent last week with the continued stock market selloff. It was as high as 3.22 … Continue reading

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