To those who look for confirmation of the wealth effect in every nook and cranny, better keep looking away from housing. The 30 Year Fixed Rate mortgage, that indicator of just how much "piggy bank" value US housing has, just jumped by a whopping 24 basis points in the last week to 5.05%, the highest since April 2010. And as the observant ones will point out, it was in April of last year, when the market topped out after hopes and dreams of a self-sustaining economic recovery collapsed (with Europe lending a helping hand in the process), leading to QE Lite and QE 2 several months later. In other words, in the last 2 months, housing, at least that part that has a mortgage associated with it, has lost roughly 10% of its value as incremental purchasing power has just declined by the same amount courtesy of the spike in rates. In spiking the market, Ben has once again planted the seeds of his own monetary policy destruction.
And to those who thought yesterday's whopper of a 10 Year auction may have set a floor in the Treasury complex, we have some bad news: the yield is back to pre-auction levels.
In other words, more mortgage "poverty effect" pain is coming.