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Beige Book: Economic Conditions Improved Since Q1 2014

In its latest Beige Book, released Wednesday, the Federal Reserve noted economic activity has expanded in recent months, with the pace of growth "characterized as moderate in the Boston, New York, Richmond, Chicago, Minneapolis, Dallas, and San Francisco Districts, and modest in the remaining regions."

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Credit Standards Stay Put for Prime Mortgage Products

According to the Federal Reserve’s Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey, released Monday, 14.3 percent of bank respondents reported tightening their credit standards on prime residential mortgages “somewhat,” just slightly higher than the 12.9 percent that eased standards somewhat. The vast majority—72.9 percent—said standards “remained basically unchanged.”

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Federal Reserve Continues Taper; Reduces Purchases by $10 Billion

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System issued their Federal Open Market Committee statement, commenting that growth in economic activity has picked up recently despite a sluggish first quarter, due in part to adverse weather conditions. The Fed noted that recovery in the housing sector remained slow.

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Mortgage Rates Increase Slightly to 4.33%

The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate came up to 4.33 percent (0.6 point) for the week ending April 24, up from 4.27 percent in the previous week, according to Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey. Last year, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.40 percent, almost a full point lower. The 15-year FRM this week averaged 3.39 percent (0.6 point), moving up from 3.33 percent.

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Former Bank President Pleads Guilty to TARP Fraud

The Federal Reserve Board announced the issuance of a Consent Order of Prohibition against Darryl Woods, the former president and chairmen of the board of directors of Calvert Financial Corporation. Woods also served as the former CFO and chairman of the board of directors of Mainstreet Bank.

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Fed: Economic Activity Increases Due to Better Weather

Reports from the Federal Reserve’s 12 districts indicate economic activity has increased in most regions across the country since the end of February as the unusually harsh winter came to an end. As in the last Beige Book report, the word "weather" appeared more than 100 times in the Fed's latest release, though the theme this time was generally one of improvement rather than sluggishness.

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Interest Rates Jump from Comments by the Fed

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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’

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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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Economic Growth Slowed By ‘Unusually Bad Winter Weather’

The Beige Book released Wednesday revealed economic conditions are expected to expand at a "modest to moderate" rate in most areas of the country. Released by the Federal Reserve, the report summarized economic conditions across its 12 districts from January through February.

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