Following pressure from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell has indicated that the Fed's Board of Governors will hold a vote to decide whether or not to lift growth restrictions placed on the megabank. Plus, here's why Capital One putting a stop to mortgage lending is good for its investors.
The year started out better than originally estimated, according to the "second" GDP estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. National Association of Federal Credit Unions Chief Economist Curt Long noted that this is another in a string of positive data releases which will provide plenty of ammunition for the Fed to raise rates no later than July.
While the U.S. employment rate soared in February, the unemployment rate stayed the same at 4.9%. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ February report, employment gains occurred in health care and social assistance, retail trade, food services and private educational services.
Factors that affect the yield on 10-year Treasuries will over time be reflected in mortgage rates. Two of these are inflation and economic conditions. We have enjoyed a low inflation environment for a number of years but if we had a bout of higher inflation it would lead to higher rates as investors in bonds require additional compensation for a loss in buying power.
Fannie Mae recorded a third-quarter net income of $2 billion and comprehensive income of $2.2 billion, faring much better than Freddie Mac. However, unlike Freddie, Fannie reported a positive net worth of $4 billion, resulting in a dividend obligation to Treasury of $2.2 billion.
A recent MIT graduate’s new paper puts up one of the greatest critiques to Thomas Piketty’s book “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” which is renowned as one of the most influential books in history. And one the paper’s main points that is gaining ground: Housing’s role in growing returns on capital.
Privately owned housing starts in February plummeted 17%, down to an annualized 897,000 from the revised January estimate of 1,081,000, with drops in the Northeast, Midwest and West leading the collapse. Are you worried yet?
He wears t-shirts to his televised interviews; not very CEO. He played sports at a high level, but rarely brings it up and when he does he talks about it as a mere chapter in his life. Honestly, who plays a Super Bowl and doesn’t describe it as the defining moment in their personal journey? Casey Crawford, that’s who. His family is a big part of his life of course, but he talks about his even larger family — his coworkers — in terms that are just as glowing.
One of the things that has bedeviled mortgage financing post-crisis has been the absence of the private label mortgage backed securities market. During the peak years, private label MBS issuance topped $1 trillion. In 2017, only $70 billion of private label RMBS were issued, although that is a big increase from 2016.
Digital technology has disrupted businesses and industries from publishing to public transportation, so can the mortgage industry be far behind? Actually, anyone who’s applied for a mortgage recently will have recognized that things are already changing fast.