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Rate Hike Debate Continues in Federal Open Market Committee

While some policymakers argued that raising interest rates at the end of the fiscal year would help normalize the economy as inflation creeps back to 2 percent, others argued that declines in energy prices and the growing strength of the dollar would curtail inflation and that a later rate hike would make more sense.

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Fed Announces Slow Approach to Interest Rate Increases in 2015

The Federal Reserve announced Wednesday that it intends to take a slow approach to raising interest rates in the coming year, even as the economy continues to strengthen. Given the current climate, the committee hinted that it will take steps to raise short-term interest rates in 2015, though it still would not commit to a timeframe, saying only that "it will likely be appropriate to maintain ... the [current] federal funds rate for a considerable period of time."

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Investors Skeptical of Fed Rate Increase Forecast

In their latest economic projections from June, the members of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) projected a median federal funds rate of 1 percent at year-end 2015 and 2.5 percent at the end of 2016. Based on their own modeling, the analysts say investors put the probability of the federal funds rate hitting the FOMC's target next year at 31 percent, with 2016's projected rate having a 27 percent probability.

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HARP Refinances Total 77,000 in Q1 2014

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released its latest Refinance Report, looking at data from the first quarter of 2014. The government agency reported that in Q1 2014, approximately 77,000 refinances were completed through the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP), bringing the total refinances through HARP to 3.1 million since the program's inception.

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Home Value Slowdown Stalls Consumer Sentiment

Consumer sentiment retreated last month to an index reading of 80.0, down 2 percent from February’s 81.6 but an improvement on last year’s 78.6, according to a report released by Thomson Reuters and the University of Michigan’s Survey Research Center.

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Identifying Risk in Whole Loan or Securitized Trades – Feb 27,2013

[ca_audio url_mp3='http://blogtalk.vo.llnwd.net/o23/show/4/442/show_4442411.mp3' css_class='codeart-google-mp3-player' autoplay='false' download='false' html5='false']Thomas Showalter, the Chief Analytics Officer of Digital Risk, will discuss how to identify and manage two historically known forms of risk as well as a new type of risk that is prevalent and misunderstood ...

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iServe Residential Lendings Capital Markets Update – Jan 17,2013

[ca_audio url_mp3='http://blogtalk.vo.llnwd.net/o23/show/4/257/show_4257903.mp3' css_class='codeart-google-mp3-player' autoplay='false' download='false' html5='false']Brent Nyitray, Director of Capital Markets at iServe Residential Lending discusses relevant events impacting interest rates, equity markets and housing. View on BlogTalkRadio.

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