Mortgage Rates Go Parabolic
It seems it was just yesterday that the Chairman penned the following famous last words in his Washington Post Op-Ed: "The FOMC intends to buy an additional $600 billion of longer-term Treasury securities by mid-2011 and will continue to reinvest repayments of principal on its holdings of securities, as it has been doing since August. This approach eased financial conditions in the past and, so far, looks
to be effective again. Stock prices rose and long-term interest rates
fell when investors began to anticipate the most recent action. Easier
financial conditions will promote economic growth. For example, lower
mortgage rates will make housing more affordable and allow more
homeowners to refinance." Um, Chairman, so what happens now, a month after your Op-Ed justifying QE2, when the prevailing mortgage rate is about 1% higher, and is resulting in about a 10% decline in home prices to maintain the same level of affordability?