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Freddie Mac Issues Warning As Mortgage Rates Soar

Blink, and you missed your chance to refi. And according to nationalized mortgage giant Freddie Mac, it's only going to get worse: "if rates continue their upward trend, expect mortgage activity to be significantly subdued in 2017."

The Federal Reserve And The Destruction Of The American Dream

President-elect Trump, consider this to be an open letter..."The time has come to quit placating the masses with subprime this and that to still their spirits. Please fulfill your promises to represent them and their children with integrity, knowing the road ahead will be anything but easy, and that the temptation to allow business as usual to continue at the Fed will be enormous."

With All Eyes On The Fed, Stocks And Crude Slip, Bonds Rise

European stocks slipped from an 11 month high, Asian stocks and S&P futures were flat as caution pervades global markets before the Federal Reserve’s expected interest-rate hike on Wednesday. Treasuries slipped, after reaching the highest level in more than two years. Oil in New York slid to near $52 a barrel after API showed a build in inventories, and currencies of commodity-exporting nations fell. Gold headed for its biggest gain in a week.

Hugh Hendry: "We Are Running A Trumpian Portfolio"

  • In Europe we anticipate further duress in the political commitment to the European project as the success of Trump’s economic stimulus plan keeps US growth humming
  • The combination of Trumpian economics and Japanese 10-year nominal yields being trapped at zero by the Bank of Japan should mean the yen continues to weaken.
  • And finally, there are Chinese trades which generate positive carry should the status quo persist yet remain long volatility should pressure on the renminbi intensify

Money Managers Have Never Been More Sure That Interest Rates Will Continue To Rise

In August of 2014, amid tapering QE and talk of normalization, speculators in the world's most liquid money-market instruments went all-in with record bearish bets on eurodollar futures. They were wrong and the short-squeeze sparked a slow-motion flash-crash in bond yields (10Y from 2.65% to 1.86% in a month). Today, as we await words, smoke, and mirrors from Janet tomorrow, the world's speculators are even more all-in...

Key Events In The Coming "Fed Rate-Hike" Week

The key economic releases this week are retail sales on Wednesday and CPI on Thursday. The key market-moving event will be the December FOMC statement released on Wednesday at 2PM. In addition, there is one scheduled speaking engagement by Richmond Fed President Lacker on Friday.

Global Bond Rout Returns With A Vengeance, Sending 10Y Yields To Highest In Over Two Years

The global bond rout returned with a bang, sending 10Y US Treasury yields as much as six basis points higher to 2.53%, the highest level in over two years. The selloff accelerated following Saturday's agreement by NOPEC nations to slash production, leading to rising inflation pressures. At last check, the 10Y was trading at 2.505%, up from 2.462% at Friday and on track for its highest close since September 2014.

BIS Warns OF Bouts Of Extreme Volatility, As Market Undergoes "Paradigm Shift"

"Looking further ahead, the most worrying signs relate to the risk of greater protectionism. Those signs have been multiplying in recent years, and prospects have darkened considerably with the most recent political events,” said Claudio Borio, concluding that "there would be no winners, only losers. Lower global growth, and possibly higher inflation, would benefit no one."

Why Europe Must End In Tears

The EU and the euro project have been an economic disaster for all participants, including Germany, which will eventually be forced to write off the hard-earned savings she has lent to other Eurozone members. We know, with absolute certainty, that the euro will self-destruct and the Eurozone will disintegrate. We know this for one reason above all...