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Mortgage Rates, The Fed And Treasuries

Written by A Forex View From Afar on Monday, June 08, 2009

On Thursday, U.S. mortgage rates reached the highest level in 2009, as investors are leaving the market before the Fed does.

A few months back, in March, the Fed had pledged to use up to $1.25 trillion to buy debt from the financial markets. This decision was taken to send the bond yield lower, something that will help the economy (including consumers, companies and the government itself) whether the credit crisis more easily, TheLFB-Forex.com Trade Team said.

However, the decision to intervene in the debt market with such a huge sum (about 5% of the size of the U.S. bond market) raises some concerns that the Fed will cause hyperinflation in the long run. As such, investors are demanding higher yields from the market to prepare for such an event. Additionally, as the economy recovers the Fed will have to raise the interest rate, something that again makes investors seek higher yields. That’s not the case right now, even though the market is preparing for such events (especially the hyperinflation one). The spread between the 2 year and the 10 year Treasury notes is trading near the highest level on record, suggesting again that the vast majority of investors think inflation will be very strong in the long run.

However, neither a high level of inflation nor the economy recovering are possible in the next few months, and this does have a strong effect in the real economy, because mortgage/loan rates are rising with the Treasury yields. This certainly has the potential to slow the recovery, and even more, to take away precious buyers from the housing market since mortgages are again rising. TheLFB-Forex.com Trade Team notes that the U.S. economy will never be able to recover unless the housing market at least finds a bottom.

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