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Market Commentary…05/27/2009

May 27, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Lots of alerts from TBWS today, here’s why: The bubble in the mortgage markets finally and with super hyper speed, blew up today.

After holding and holding, while the 10 yr note rate climbed, mortgage rates jumped today to levels not seen in many months. We have been warning the mortgage markets couldn’t hold on forever while treasury rates increased.

Mortgage lenders became way too complacent with hedging risk, believing apparently that the $1.25T the Fed committed to buy would keep mortgage rates from increasing. Today, from almost the beginning mortgage markets looked very unstable; we sent several alerts suggesting deteriorating rates.

Frankly, we were not looking for the kind of pounding we got this afternoon.

Yields on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage bonds rose for a fourth day, after yesterday for the first time exceeding where they stood before the Federal Reserve announced it would expand purchases to drive down loan rates.

It is finally hitting home that the Fed has a serious problem; the problem is how to keep mortgage rates down, the housing markets are the key to any economic recovery and one of the keys to getting the housing sector back on track is keeping mortgage rates affordable and low.

It was widely thought that buying $1.25T of MBSs would do it.

Not the case; we all know about the massive supply Treasury has to sell in the debt markets, as we have noted it is unlikely that can happen (raising $200B a month along the yield curve, not including T-bills under 1 yr) without higher rates and the potential of creating inflation fears.

Today may be a Waterloo for the Fed; what to do?

Buy more treasuries, buy more mortgages? Markets are not going to be placated by either move; the Fed can’t keep it up and as the US debt increases foreign central banks, led by China, may make good on recent comments to stop buying US debt.

Who then will fund our deficits and the Obama Administration’s aggressive fiscal budgets?

The US is completely dependent on foreign investments to fund our debt and that point is beginning to take front page.

Big hit in the equity markets this afternoon on the hard hits taken in the mortgage markets. Without lower mortgage rates the economy isn’t going to recover at the pace recent thoughts had developed. If housing and home prices are not stabilized there isn’t going to be much of a recovery based on the timeframe markets had been expecting.

The $35B 5-yrs went at 2.310% with a 2.32 bid-to-cover and indirect take of 44.2%, the outing was solid. The results were against an average 2.13 cover over the past 16 auction since the start of 2008, and a 29.2% indirect bidder take. The market had been looking for a solid showing, and while this was less impressive than the 2-yrs, that was also expected.

The market had been looking for a draw of 2.33% plus and liked the lower yield. More Treasury borrowing tomorrow; $26B of 7 yr notes will complete this week’s $101B of borrowing.

Markets will have two weeks to breathe before Treasury comes back with 3 yr, 10 yr and 30 yr bond auctions on June 9, 10, and 11.

Tomorrow weekly jobless claims at 8:30 expected to be up 5K; and April durable goods orders (+0.5%). At 10:00 Apr new home sales are expected to be up 1.8%.

The selling today adds to the technically oversold markets. Mortgage rates cannot stand against the increase in long term treasury rates. The spread between the 10 yr note and 30 yr mortgages came back in line two weeks ago as we reported, back to about 165 basis point from a high of 270 basis point six months ago.

Keep all rate locks locked and strap in for a significant increase in market volatility with mortgage prices swinging with treasuries in large daily increments.

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James K Barath is a Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist®, Certified FICO® Professional, Certified Military Housing Specialist® and your FHA Home Loan Expert. He is also a graduate of Purdue University, The CMPS Institute, Dale Carnegie Human Relations Course & Napoleon Hill Foundation's PMA Science of Success Class. It's your home and your future. It's his profession and his passion. He is ready to work for your best interest. Contact James for your FREE Home Loan Approval !  His Motto: I Facilitate the American Dream Through Responsible Mortgage Lending and Financial Literacy!

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