|Danyal Erickson |
Mortgage Loan Originator
1517 N. Ankeny Blvd, Ste. A
Ankeny, IA 50023
Cell: (515) 491-6861
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| For the week of November 16, 2015 – Vol. 13, Issue 46 |
>> Market Update QUOTE OF THE WEEK... "If all the economists were laid end to end, they'd never reach a conclusion." --George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright and critic
INFO THAT HITS US WHERE WE LIVE ... Economists do enjoy endless debates. Fueling these are speeches like the one given last week by New York Fed head William Dudley to the Economic Club of New York. He wouldn't address the "normalization" of interest rates--the rate hike, which is the #1 topic among economists. But he did tell them his thoughts on housing: "Housing fundamentals are solid....Decent payroll gains have supported household formation over the past year and mortgage rates remain low.... While the housing indicators will likely continue to be volatile on a month-to-month basis, I expect the gradual improvement in the housing sector to continue."
There certainly are good reasons for housing to improve. Start with rents. An industry source reports that in the last year, 88% of property managers raised their rents. And 68% expect they'll raise them again in 2016. Yet interest rates remain near historical lows, making home buying more affordable. A new report from a real estate listing site concludes that today's comparatively low monthly mortgage payments, along with those ever more expensive rents, make home ownership a relative bargain to potential buyers. That bargain is also a good investment, as the National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported single-family home prices increased in 87% of measured markets in Q3.
BUSINESS TIP OF THE WEEK... Create goals that motivate you and that are achievable. Always write them down, starting with "I will" or "I must," not "I'll try." Break big goals into smaller milestones. Check your progress often.
>> Review of Last WeekA SPELL OF SELLING... After investors bought stocks enthusiastically and pushed market indexes up six weeks in a row, last week saw traders turn to selling for a spell. We certainly hope it's a short spell, sincestocks posted their worst weekly losses in months. The down feelings were inspired by soft GDP data from Europe, indicating economic growth there is way less than robust. Additionally, investors were concerned over weak economic data from China, slumping commodities, and the increasing likelihood of an interest rate hike from the Fed in December. None of this was helped by some weak Q3 corporate earnings reports and disappointing economic data.
One investor worry is that the improving jobs situation isn't morphing into strong consumer spending, something our economy sorely needs. Friday's Retail Sales report confirmed this, showing a far less than expected 0.1% gain for October. In harmony with that data, a couple of big department stores submitted disappointing earnings. We also had weaker-than-expected inflation at the wholesale level, as the Producer Price Index dropped 0.4% in October. The good thing about this is it may hold off a Fed rate hike. Good news came with University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment rising to 93.1 in November and Initial Unemployment Claims comfortably below 300,000 for yet another week.
The week ended with the Dow down 3.7%, to 17245; the S&P 500 down 3.6%, to 2023; and the Nasdaq down 4.3%, to 4928.
With falling stocks, sinking crude oil prices, and weaker than expected economic data, bonds rallied nicely. The 30YR FNMA 4.0% bond we watch finished the week up .51, to $105.83. National average fixed mortgage rates trended higher in Freddie Mac's Primary Mortgage Market Survey for the week ending November 12. Pushing rates up were market expectations of a December Fed rate hike, fueled by the surprisingly strong October jobs data. Remember, mortgage rates can be extremely volatile, so check with your mortgage professional for up to the minute information.
DID YOU KNOW?... According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), millennials are the largest share of home buyers. They make one out of three purchases (two out of three first-time purchases), yet only one out of three of them own homes.
>> This Week’s ForecastHOME BUILDING OFF, INFLATION ON, A PEEK AT THE LAST FED MEET... Back to the housing market this week, as we get Housing Starts expected to drop a bit in October, although Building Permitsshould be up, signaling optimism among builders. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) measure of inflation is also forecast to be up, which the Fed would be happy to see. We'll get FOMC Minutes from the last Fed meeting, which just may contain hints of what they'll do in December.
>> The Week’s Economic Indicator Calendar Weaker than expected economic data tends to send bond prices up and interest rates down, while positive data points to lower bond prices and rising loan rates.
Economic Calendar for the Week of Nov 16 – Nov 20
| Date ||Time (ET) ||Release ||For ||Consensus ||Prior ||Impact |
|08:30 ||NY Empire Manufacturing Index ||Nov ||-6.0 ||-11.4 ||Moderate |
|08:30 ||Consumer Price Index (CPI) ||Oct ||0.2% ||-0.2% ||HIGH |
|08:30 ||Core CPI ||Oct ||0.2% ||0.2% ||HIGH |
|09:15 ||Industrial Production ||Oct ||0.1% ||-0.2% ||Moderate |
|09:15 ||Capacity Utilization ||Oct ||77.5% ||77.5% ||Moderate |
|08:30 ||Housing Starts ||Oct ||1.173M ||1.206M ||Moderate |
|08:30 ||Building Permits ||Oct ||1.137M ||1.103M ||Moderate |
|10:30 ||Crude Inventories ||11/14 ||NA ||4.22M ||Moderate |
|14:00 ||FOMC Minutes ||10/28 ||NA ||NA ||HIGH |
|08:30 ||Initial Unemployment Claims ||11/14 ||272K ||276K ||Moderate |
|08:30 ||Continuing Unemployment Claims ||11/7 ||2.164M ||2.174M ||Moderate |
|08:30 ||Philadelphia Fed Index ||Nov ||-1.0 ||-4.5 ||HIGH |
|10:00 ||Leading Economic Indicators (LEI) ||Oct ||0.6% ||-0.2% ||Moderate |
>> Federal Reserve Watch
Forecasting Federal Reserve policy changes in coming months... Weak economic data has slightly shrunk the army of economists expecting the Fed to raise the Funds Rate in December and January, then leave it alone in March. But it's still an army. Note: In the lower chart, a 66% probability of change is only a 34% certainty the rate will stay the same.
Current Fed Funds Rate: 0%–0.25%
|After FOMC meeting on: ||Consensus |
|Dec 16 ||0.25%-0.50% |
|Jan 27 ||0.50%-0.75% |
|Mar 16 ||0.50%-0.75% |
Probability of change from current policy:
|After FOMC meeting on: ||Consensus |
|Dec 16 || 66% |
|Jan 27 || 70% |
|Mar 16 |
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