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Markets in a Minute – 3/7/2014

For the Week Ending March 7, 2014

To help understand the impact of Friday’s monthly jobs report – Employment gains usually imply rising rates, and weak numbers typically provide rate relief.
Tension in Ukraine shows how geo-political events can impact rates. Uncertainty is a negative for stocks and usually good for bonds and rates.
The latest Fed commentary on current economic conditions cites some improvement. Experts are still unsure of the severe weather’s full impact.

New homes are again getting larger and offering more amenities. The trend may imply increased confidence from new home buyers and builders.
The release of final housing stats confirms healthy increases for 2013. Some experts are now suggesting home price appreciation will moderate this year.
HUD’s new budget suggests the FHA will not require help from the Treasury. Some are calling for fee reductions, but don’t be surprised if that doesn’t happen.

My bank lets me send a text message, and it will text back with my balance. It’s a cool feature, but I didn’t think the LOL was necessary.




Rate movements and volatility are based on published, aggregate national averages and measured from the previous to the most recent midweek daily reporting period. These rate trends can differ from our own and are subject to change at any time.

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