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Interest Rates Jump from Comments by the Fed

Interest Rates Jump from Comments by the Fed

In its weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey, Freddie Mac reported an increase of 8 basis points in the 30-year fixed average rate, bringing up to 4.40 percent (0.6 point) for the week ending March 27. A year ago at this time, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.57 percent.

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Bank Credit and Money Growth Show ‘Subpar Recovery’

Bank Credit and Money Growth Show ‘Subpar Recovery’

Bank credit and money growth both exhibit typical patterns in the post-Great Recession era; however, the change over the time period is consistent with the pace of a subpar recovery. This revelation was reported by the Wells Fargo Economics Group in a release Monday, highlighting the two factors as reasons for caution among both businesses and bank lenders.

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Experts Predict Level Playing Field as Investors Withdraw

Experts Predict Level Playing Field as Investors Withdraw

A majority of experts surveyed by Zillow and Pulsenomics expect large-scale investors will pull out of the housing market in the next few years—and that hopefully means a smoother field for consumer buyers. “Buyers entering the market in the next few months will not be competing with cash-rich investors like they were last year," said Zillow chief economist Dr. Stan Humphries.

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Yellen Faces Grilling in First Hearing as Fed Chair

Yellen Faces Grilling in First Hearing as Fed Chair

In prepared remarks for the House Financial Services Committee, newly installed Fed chair Janet Yellen echoed much of what analysts have seen in recent Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) statements, with references to a recovering (but still weakened) labor market, a slowing housing market, restrictive fiscal policy, and the usual prediction of a “moderate” expansion in the nation’s economic activity.

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January Job Growth Remains Anemic

January Job Growth Remains Anemic

The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Friday jobs report shows another disappointing month of growth in January—and this one can’t all be blamed on the weather. With the next Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting to be held in March, it remains to be seen how January’s data will influence the Federal Reserve’s stimulus program.

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FOMC Moves Forward on Tapering

FOMC Moves Forward on Tapering

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) voted on Wednesday to scale back the Federal Reserve's bond-buying program. The cut—the second one in as many months—will see total monthly asset purchases coming down to $65 billion. While December's weak employment report led some to believe there might be a pause in the taper, the committee waved it off in light of other, more positive indicators.

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Commentary: Looking Forward

Commentary: Looking Forward

In a commentary shared with DSNews.com, Peter Muoio, chief economist for Auction.com Research, revealed the company's predictions for 2014. Muoio says the housing recovery will get its second wind next year, the Federal Reserve's tapering of stimulus measures will extend for a longer period that most analysts are expecting, REO-to-rental will cool off, and the Canadian housing bubble will come closer to bursting.

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