Are record-low interest rates masking high-cost mortgage lending?

Are record-low interest rates masking high-cost mortgage lending?

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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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Kain: Big opportunity in mortgages lies ahead

Best still ahead, Kain tells clients at MREIT presentation
Trey Garrison
The bulk of the potential benefits from the post-housing crisis structural changes to the mortgage market haven’t been realized yet, American Capital Agency and American Capital Mortgage CIO Gary Kain said in the firm’s Mortgage REIT day presentation.
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Is it time to ease lending standards?

Housing regulators face tough question
Brena Swanson
Car sales have recovered since the plague of the financial crisis, but the journey has not been as easy for housing. An article in The Wall Street Journal asks the tough question: Should mortgage lending standards ease?
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Household wealth hits new record

Key to boosting the economic recovery?
Brena Swanson

Americans' wealth hit the highest level ever in the second quarter, following a rise in stocks and home prices. This could ramp up consumer borrowing, which could be the key to boosting the economic recovery.


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