Dec

20

In This Issue

Last Week in Review: The Fed met, and Congress passed the Tax Cut Bill. But what do both of these mean for home loan rates?
Forecast for the Week: Housing, inflation, and jobs news – all in a holiday shortened week.
View: As you unwrap gifts this holiday season, don’t throw the wrapping paper in with your Yule Log… find out why, and other tips on keeping your holiday season safe and fun.
Last Week in Review

“All good things must come to an end…” or so the popular saying goes. And right now, many people are wondering if this sentiment holds true for the historic low rates we’ve seen this year. Here’s what last week’s news suggests.
First, it’s important to understand that home loan rates are based on Mortgage Backed Securities, which is a type of Bond. Bonds typically help provide some built in “assistance” when the nation is suffering economic headwinds. For example, negative economic news serves to help Bond prices improve and rates decline, including home loan rates. This is helpful to have when the economy is struggling, as buyers of all products – including homes – need the extra incentive of low rates to be encouraged to buy.
But now, the sharply higher expectations for future economic growth has caused rates to climb – particularly including home loan rates, since the Fed announced its second round of “Quantitative Easing” or QE2 on November 3rd. With QE2, the Fed will purchase $600 Billion in Treasury Securities through mid-2011 to keep our economic recovery on track.
But is there any likelihood rates can rebound? Many experts expect that home loan rates will continue to move higher over time because:
• At its meeting last week, the Fed left the door open for further QE programs if our economic recovery requires which, like QE2, could hurt Bonds and home loan rates.
• Congress passed the $858 Billion Tax Cut Bill, and while this is a good economic stimulus, in the short run it adds to the ever-growing deficit – also bad for Bonds and home loan rates.
• Last week’s Producer Price Index and Consumer Price Index Reports showed that the Fed appears to be on track with their goal of stimulating a bit more inflation. Inflation erodes the value of the fixed return provided by a Bond, which causes home loan rates to rise.
It’s important to understand that rates don’t simply rise in a straight line. In fact, Bonds and home loan rates did have a late-week rally last week, and that trend of rates worsening with improving dips here and there like we saw last week may be what’s in store for us in the weeks and months ahead. At the end of the day, the ongoing and potential addition of further stimulus from the Fed, combined with the stimulus from the tax cuts, will make it tough for Bonds and home loan rates to return to the levels seen earlier this year.
But the good news is that home loan rates are still extremely attractive right now. If you have been thinking about purchasing or refinancing a home, call or email me now to get started. Or forward this newsletter on to someone you know who may benefit from today’s historically low rates.
Forecast for the Week

It will be a holiday shortened week, with the Bond Market closing at 2:00pm ET Thursday and both the Stock and Bond Markets closed Friday in honor of the Christmas holiday. But there will be plenty of action first, including:
• A double dose of housing news with Wednesday’s Existing Home Sales Report and Thursday’s New Home Sales Report.
• Wednesday also brings a read on the economy with the Gross Domestic Product Report, which is the broadest measure of economic activity.
• Big inflation news comes on Thursday with the Personal Consumption Expenditure (PCE) Index, which is the Fed’s favorite gauge of inflation, plus there’s also the Personal Income and Personal Spending Reports, which give us some information on the consumer perspective of the economy.
• Thursday’s Initial and Continuing Jobless Claims Reports will also tell us if the good trend continues – last week’s Initial Claims was the second lowest number seen during 2010, and also the third decline in four weeks.
Remember: Weak economic news normally causes money to flow out of Stocks and into Bonds, helping Bonds and home loan rates improve, while strong economic news normally has the opposite result.
As you can see in the chart below, Bonds and home loan rates rallied at the end of last week. Now would be a great time to call or email me if you have any questions about your situation!

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Chart: Fannie Mae 4.0% Mortgage Bond (Friday, December 17, 2010)

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Make Your Holiday as Safe as it is Happy
The holiday season is a special time of year, but the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) wants to remind everyone that it can also be dangerous. So the CPSC has issued a number of safety tips for the holidays and a holiday safety video to help keep families healthy, safe, and happy this season.
Here are just three of the important tips that the CPSC posted on its website:
1. Choose Age-Appropriate Toys. Look at the age recommendation on the toys you are choosing and match that recommendation to your child. Avoid toys with small parts for children younger than three-years-old. Those small parts can cause a child to choke. For children under six-years-old, avoid play sets or building toys with small magnets. A child can swallow those magnets, which can result in a serious injury or even death. Starting at a young age, teach your children not to put toys in their mouths.
2. Gear Up. If sports-related gifts such as ride-on toys, bicycles, skates or scooters are on your gift list or around your house, make sure to include helmets that are sized to your child’s head and other appropriate safety gear. And then, make sure your child wears the gear properly EVERY time he or she uses the toy or sports equipment.
3. Plastic Wrap. Keep a trash bag at your fingertips while your kids are opening presents. That way, you can immediately throw away plastic wrappings and other toy packaging before they become dangerous playthings. As an added bonus, it makes your cleanup faster, too.
Plus…
Here are two bonus tips from the CPSC’s Twitter account:
• “Heated rooms rapidly dry out live trees. Be sure to monitor water levels and keep the tree stand filled with water.”
• “Never put wrapping paper in the fireplace. It can result in a chimney fire.”
If you ever have questions about the safety of a toy or product, visit the CPSC’s website at http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/.
You can also follow the CPSC on Twitter at http://twitter.com/OnSafety and even watch safety videos on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/USCPSC.
Have a safe and happy holiday!

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Economic Calendar for the Week of December 20-24, 2010
Remember, as a general rule, weaker than expected economic data is good for rates, while positive data causes rates to rise.
Economic Calendar for the Week of December 20 – December 24
Date ET Economic Report For Estimate Actual Prior Impact
Wed. December 22 08:30 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Q3 2.7% 2.5% Moderate
Wed. December 22 08:30 Chain Deflator Q3 2.3% 2.3% Moderate
Wed. December 22 08:30 Existing Home Sales Nov 4.68M 4.43M Moderate
Thu. December 23 10:00 Consumer Sentiment Index (UoM) Dec 75.0 74.2 Moderate
Thu. December 23 08:30 Jobless Claims (Initial) 12/18 424K 420K Moderate
Thu. December 23 08:30 Personal Consumption Expenditures and Core PCE Nov NA 0.9% HIGH
Thu. December 23 08:30 Personal Consumption Expenditures and Core PCE Nov 0.1% 0.0% HIGH
Thu. December 23 08:30 Personal Spending Nov 0.5% 0.4% Moderate
Thu. December 23 08:30 Personal Income Nov 0.2% 0.5% Moderate
Thu. December 23 10:00 New Home Sales Nov 303K 283K Moderate

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Dec

13

In This Issue

Last Week in Review: Are rates going to come back? Here’s a break down of possible scenarios!
Forecast for the Week: Get ready for a busy week. Find out what you should watch.
View: Know someone in college or headed there soon? Watch the video below for tips to avoid unexpected college costs.
Last Week in Review

“Where do we go from here?” That question from Alicia Keys’ song is on the minds of many Americans, as they wonder where home loan rates are headed after the recent negative news for Bonds.
Last week, Congress was busy at work on negotiations to extend the Bush-era tax cuts. That news kept a lid on any improvement for Bonds and home loan rates, due to the prospect of an ever-increasing deficit.
And adding to the troubles for Bonds and home loan rates last week was news that inflation is growing in China… and growing fast. How does that impact us? Remember, it’s a global economy, so Bond prices all over the world worsen on news of inflation, which is bad for home loan rates.
So the big question is: Will home loan rates go back down?
Although rates are still near historic lows, they have been headed up… and indications are that those unbelievably low home loan rates may be behind us. In fact, there are only a few things that would bring back the lows that we saw in early November:
• If the tax cut package doesn’t get passed, it would be very bad news for the economy and Stock market – but it would help interest rates.
• If the Fed’s recent round of Quantitative Easing falls on its face and doesn’t meet its mission of creating inflation, boosting Stock prices, lowering unemployment and creating consumer demand – Bond prices could make some gains as the threat of deflation reemerges. But this is a long shot.
• If the financial problems in Europe worsen significantly – which would drive investors into the safe haven of the US Bond market – it could help Bond prices, but probably only modestly.
Realistically, the chances of these events happening are unlikely – and in the end, rates may see some brief and fleeting improvements, but many experts believe they will likely continue to creep up over time. And when you include the stimulative action of extending the present tax rates and adding further cuts, it’s tough to see Bonds or home loan rates improving much.
The good news is that home loan rates are still extremely attractive and are still near historic lows for now. If you or someone you know has been thinking about purchasing or refinancing a home, NOW is the time to call or email to get started.
Forecast for the Week

Get ready for a busy week of economic reports and news that could impact home loan rates!
• We’ll start off Tuesday morning with the Retail Sales report for November, as well as the Fed’s final FOMC Meeting and Policy Statement of the year coming on Wednesday.
• We’ll also see new inflation reports starting on Tuesday with the Producer Price Index (PPI), which measures inflation at the wholesale level. The very next day, we’ll see the Consumer Price Index (CPI) with a look at inflation on the consumer level. With all of the recent talk over inflation concerns in the future, it will be important to see what these reports reveal – since inflation is the archenemy of Bonds and home loan rates.
• We’ll also get a dose of manufacturing news in the Empire State Index, which looks at New York State’s manufacturing sector, and is a good gauge of manufacturing overall. On Thursday, we’ll also see the Philadelphia Fed Index, which is another important manufacturing report. Those two indices have the potential to impact the market, since they indicate the health of the manufacturing sector in the US.
• Thursday brings the Initial and Continuing Jobless Claims Report. Last week, Initial Jobless Claims came in at 421,000, which was below expectations. That was encouraging news, but we still need to see consistent readings below 400,000 before real confidence in the labor market can take hold.
• Finally, we’ll see more housing news this week, when reports on Housing Starts and Building Permits in November are released on Thursday.
Remember: Weak economic news normally causes money to flow out of Stocks and into Bonds, helping Bonds and home loan rates improve, while strong economic news normally has the opposite result.
The chart below shows the recent direction of Bonds – and, therefore, home loan rates. The important thing to note is the downward trend, which shows how Bond pricing and therefore home loan rates continued to worsen last week.
Fortunately, there’s still time to lock in at near historic lows. It only takes a few minutes to see if this makes sense for you, or one of your friends, family members, neighbors, clients or coworkers. Call or email today, and I’ll be happy to help right away.

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Chart: Fannie Mae 4.0% Mortgage Bond (Friday, December 10, 2010)

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Surprise: More College Expenses! Here’s How to Avoid Them…
College tuition costs are staggering these days – and so are some of the college-related expenses that you may not be expecting. Watch this video from Kiplinger.com on unexpected college expenses to come up with ways to avoid those indirect costs.
Whether you’re planning to send a child to college soon or you know a student in college this year that has already experienced some of these unexpected costs, this video is invaluable!

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Economic Calendar for the Week of December 13-17, 2010
Remember, as a general rule, weaker than expected economic data is good for rates, while positive data causes rates to rise.
Economic Calendar for the Week of December 13 – December 17
Date ET Economic Report For Estimate Actual Prior Impact
Tue. December 14 08:30 Producer Price Index (PPI) Nov 0.5% 0.4% Moderate
Tue. December 14 08:30 Core Producer Price Index (PPI) Nov 0.2% -0.6% Moderate
Tue. December 14 08:30 Retail Sales Nov 0.8% 1.2% HIGH
Tue. December 14 08:30 Retail Sales ex-auto Nov 0.6% 0.4% HIGH
Tue. December 14 02:15 FOMC Meeting 12/14 Unch 0.25% HIGH
Wed. December 15 09:15 Capacity Utilization Nov 75.0% 74.8% Moderate
Wed. December 15 09:15 Industrial Production Nov 0.3% 0.0% Moderate
Wed. December 15 08:30 Empire State Index Dec 3.0 -11.14 Moderate
Wed. December 15 08:30 Core Consumer Price Index (CPI) Nov 0.1% 0.0% HIGH
Wed. December 15 08:30 Consumer Price Index (CPI) Nov 0.2% 0.2% HIGH
Thu. December 16 08:30 Jobless Claims (Initial) 12/11 425K 421K Moderate
Thu. December 16 08:30 Housing Starts Nov 545K 519K Moderate
Thu. December 16 08:30 Building Permits Nov 558K 550K Moderate
Thu. December 16 10:00 Philadelphia Fed Index Dec 12.5 22.5 Moderate
Thu. December 16 10:00 Index of Leading Econ Ind (LEI) Nov 1.2% 0.5% Low

The material contained in this newsletter is provided by a third party to real estate, financial services and other professionals only for their use and the use of their clients. The material provided is for informational and educational purposes only and should not be construed as investment and/or mortgage advice. Although the material is deemed to be accurate and reliable, we do not make any representations as to its accuracy or completeness and as a result, there is no guarantee it is without errors.

As your trusted advisor, I am sending you the MMG WEEKLY because I am committed to keeping you updated on the economic events that impact interest rates and how they may affect you.

In the unlikely event that you no longer wish to receive these valuable market updates, please USE THIS LINK or email: curtis@kcmortgageplanner.com

If you prefer to send your removal request by mail the address is:

Mortgage Success Source, LLC is the copyright owner or licensee of the content and/or information in this email, unless otherwise indicated. Mortgage Success Source, LLC does not grant to you a license to any content, features or materials in this email. You may not distribute, download, or save a copy of any of the content or screens except as otherwise provided in our Terms and Conditions of Membership, for any purpose.

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