September 19th, 2008 11:05 AM by Lehel Szucs
Friday's bond market has opened sharply lower following a huge rally in stocks. The stock markets are reacting favorably to the news of further Fed intervention in the banking crisis. This has pushed the Dow higher by 375 points and the Nasdaq up 71 points. The effect on bonds has not been pretty. The bond market is currently down 53/32, which will likely push this morning's mortgage rates higher by approximately .625 of a discount point or slightly more than 1/8 of a percent in rate.
The stock market reaction to the Fed news isn't exactly surprising. Neither is the bond market's reaction to the stock rally. The same funds that were shifted into bonds while stocks were tanking are now being moved out and back into stocks. This has driven bond yields and mortgage rates much higher. I suspect that the markets will stabilize sometime early next week, as long as we don't get more news.
I would not be surprised to see upward revisions to mortgage rates this afternoon. Accordingly, I am holding the lock recommendations until the markets seem to calm down. Once this happens, I most likely will be shifting back to a float position for longer term periods and possibly short-term periods. The decision will be made once the markets settle down and we can see where the major indexes and bond market stand.
Next week is pretty light in terms of economic releases. There are a handful of reports scheduled, but they don't begin until mid-week and only one of them is considered to be of high importance. Look for more details on next week's events in Sunday's weekly preview.
If I were considering financing/refinancing a home, I would.... Lock if my closing was taking place within 7 days... Lock if my closing was taking place between 8 and 20 days... Lock if my closing was taking place between 21 and 60 days... Float if my closing was taking place over 60 days from now... This is only my opinion of what I would do if I were financing a home. It is only an opinion and cannot be guaranteed to be in the best interest of all/any other borrowers.
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