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What the end of QE means for the future of the MBS market

MBA details the challenges of increasing private capital
Trey Garrison
A new white paper from the Mortgage Bankers Association looks at what the future holds for the real estate finance industry secondary market now that the Federal Reserve has put a full stop on its quantitative easing program, wherein it pumped trillions of dollars into mortgage backed securities.
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FOMC: Federal funds rate changes directly tied to economic changes

Participants debate federal funds rate language
Brena Swanson
While the Federal Open Market Committee concluded the more than two-year-old asset purchase program at the end of October, the anticipated path of the federal funds rate is still up for debate.
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Refinancing boosted by declining mortgage interest rates

Capital Economics: Sustained surge not in the cards
Trey Garrison
The decline in mortgage interest rates to a 17-month low in October provided a temporary boost to refinancing activity, says Capital Economics in a client note.
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QE3 ends, how long until interest rates rise?

Hensarling: "The end of QE is good news"
Brena Swanson
The market expected the announcement of the end of quantitative easing Wednesday, putting an end to a more than two-year-old asset purchase program. Now the market is left to adjust for where the next step could potentially be.
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It's official: Risk retention rule approved

Federal Reserve gives last and final approval
Brena Swanson
The final version of the risk retention rule is now officially approved by six federal agencies, following the Federal Reserve’s final approval on Wednesday. The rule contains an exemption for Qualified Mortgages similar to when the rule was proposed in 2013.
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SEC approves risk retention rule, pending Fed approval

Industry continues to weigh in
Brena Swanson
The Securities and Exchange Commission approved the final version of the risk retention rule that would require banks to retain at least 5% of the risk on their books when securitizing loans. Now all that is left is approval from the Federal Reserve.
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This could happen now that mortgage rates dropped below 4%

Sterne Agee: A refi boom coming?
Trey Garrison
Housing prices continue to slow and are hopefully reaching a growth rate in line with interest rates and income growth, but now mortgage interest rates have gone below 4%. What does this mean for the industry?
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Beige Book: Mixed real estate news across all districts

Economy holding steady with slowing growth
Trey Garrison
Reports from the twelve Federal Reserve districts generally described modest to moderate economic growth at a pace similar to that noted in the previous Beige Book.
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What happened to the “taper tantrum?”

Mortgage yields recover from first QE announcements
Brena Swanson
When the Federal Reserve first announced the start of quantitative easing, the stock markets furiously reacted, becoming what is now referred to as the "taper tantrum." Fast forward more than half a year and where can this be seen in the market now?
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Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates drop near yearly lows

Rates fall to 16-month low
Brena Swanson
"Continued nervousness about slower growth in the global economy proved to be good news for mortgage rates, with mortgage rates pulling back to the lowest level since June 2013," Bankrate said in its weekly mortgage report.
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