Mortgage Rates Continue to PlummetMortgage rates dropped quickly again today, easily hitting the lowest levels since late 2017 for the average lender. The move comes in response to a surge in volatility and perhaps even a wave of panic in financial markets. Stocks have fallen somewhat swiftly as trade tensions increasingly look like an ongoing narrative as opposed to a temporary issue. The bigger story, however, is in the bond market (which is directly responsible for most interest rates, including mortgages).
Relative to stocks, bonds have been undergoing a much bigger move as the market attempt to reprice its expectations for Fed rate cuts. Yes, that's CUTS with a "C" now. Up until the past few days and weeks, you were just as likely to hear about potential "hikes." But all that seems to have gone out the window, and quickly! In less than a week, speculators are betting on the Fed cutting rates by an additional 0.75%. That's on top of the 0.25% cut that was already priced-in at the time.
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