Mortgage Market Trends for the Week Ending January 22, 2010


Last week saw mortgage rates sliding downward, as a few big concerns began weighing heavily on the market. Economic news continues to highlight a very muted recovery, but fears of a double-dip recession were fanned by events in Washington. While bank-bashing has become a popular pastime, the Obama administration took it one step further with the proposal of a tax structure that would hit all large banks.  Regardless of one’s opinion of banks or the tax, it is very likely that business and consumers will ultimately bear this new tax. To compound the market’s concerns, uncertainty surrounding the reappointment of Fed Chair Bernanke stoked anxiety.  A failed confirmation could easily lead to months of political bickering, dragging the search for a successor on for many months.

This week is a huge week for markets.  In addition to the political concerns, the Fed meets again with analysts ready to dissect its policy announcement looking for clues of future Fed moves. With GDP data, Consumer Confidence. and slew of housing data on tap. rates could move either way.

Graph Courtesy from NY Times in an article by Bob Tedeschi January 14, 2010.  Data provided by Jeff Carpenter, Director of Finance, GFI Mortgage Bankers, Inc.

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