Recently, Fed officials have sent mixed signals about how soon the Fed may need to begin to tighten monetary policy. Wednesday, the Fed's Hoenig said that the Fed should begin raising interest rates "sooner rather than later," and that this action wouldn't end the economic recovery. He explained that the Fed has a long way to go just to return to a neutral monetary stance and that it will take a while for the impact of rate hikes to be felt. Thursday evening, Bernanke held with the stated view that low rates will likely be justified for "an extended period", but he added that the Fed will be ready to remove stimulus as the economy recovers. When the Fed eventually indicates that it's ready to act, Austin mortgage rates will be likely to move higher.
Australian Central Bank raised interest rates .25%, giving a clear signal that their part of the world is starting to recover and that taking fiscal responsibility is the prudent course. Wonder what Bernanke is thinking?
Quiet day in the making as stocks hold most of their gains and bonds, notes, and MBS hold their shade of red. Nothing huge here as the 10 year note is off 5/32’s (yield 3.24%) and mortgage backs on the 4.50% coupon are off a couple of 32’s. Earlier today, the Australian Central Bank raised interest rates .25%, giving a clear signal that their part of the world is starting to recover and that taking fiscal responsibility is the prudent course. Wonder what Bernanke is thinking?
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