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Mortgage applications decline 6.6 percent as rates continue to rise

The Market Composite Index decreased 6.6 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier, with purchase loans down 6.0 percent and refinances falling 7.0 percent. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to its highest level since January 2014, 4.64 percent.READ MORE

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John Taylor has been pressing the Fed to move toward a more rules-based approach.  I think Taylor is right on the big issue, although I don’t share his preference for using interest rates as a policy instrument. I’ve always believed that the first step toward a rules-based approach is to clearly spell out the goal […]

19 stocks that rake in the biggest returns when interest rates are rising, according to Bank of America

As interest rates rise, investors everywhere are wondering what it means for stocks. Bank of America Merrill Lynch has identified S&P 500 stocks that are best helped by a higher nominal 10-year yield, based on how the stocks have historically responded to changes in rates. The screening is "based on a regression of stocks' monthly excess returns vs. Show More Summary

Stocks move broadly higher, led by tech firms and banks

Technology companies and banks helped drive U.S. stocks broadly higher in early trading Thursday. Bond yields declined after spiking the day before amid rekindled fears of higher interest rates. Investors were sizing up the latest company earnings news. Crude oil prices headed higher. KEEPING SCORE:...

S&P Futures Rebound As Dollar Rally Ends, Yields Drop

Global stocks took another leg down during the early part of Thursday's session, sliding to one-week lows in the wake of Wednesday's unexpectedly market-moving FOMC minutes which confirmed the Fed was on track to raise interest rates...Show More Summary

Gail Tverberg: "Raising Interest Rates Is Like Starting A Fission Chain Reaction"

Authored by Gail Tverberg via Our Finite World blog, Central bankers seem to think that adjusting interest rates is a nice little tool that they can easily handle. The problem is that higher interest rates affect the economy in many ways simultaneously. Show More Summary

Brakes Applied To The Borrowing Tires Can Hurt Stock Investors

Mainstream media commentators regularly tell you that higher interest rates in 2018 will not threaten your portfolio. After all, they assure you, tax reform added piles of dollars to the bottom line profits of corporations as well as placed mounds of money back into the pockets of millions of...

House Prices and Inventory

This will be an interesting year for housing. With the tax changes - and rising mortgage rates - a key question is: What will be the impact on housing?The answer is no one knows for sure. For the possible impact of tax changes on housing,...Show More Summary

Fed Officials Say Economy Is Ready for Higher Rates

A strengthening economy is giving the Fed confidence that interest rates can rise, according to minutes of the most recent policymaking meeting.

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West Ham want physically imposing Newcastle target, would be a quality signing - originally posted on West Ham United are interested in signing the highly rated Marseille midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa this summer. Show More Summary

Here come the Fed minutes ...

The Federal Reserve at 2 p.m. ET will release the minutes of its most recent policy meeting. At the January 30-31 meeting, which was the last under former Fed Chair Janet Yellen, the Federal Open Market Committee left interest rates unchanged, as expected. Show More Summary

The Bond Vigilantes Are Dead! Even With Soaring Budget Deficits Interest Rates Are Stable

In the last six months Republicans gave up being a party that cares about budget deficits as they happily pushed through large tax cuts (roughly 0.7 percent of GDP over the next decade) and big increases in spending (roughly 0.7 percent of GDP over the next two years). Show More Summary

Raisin, the European savings deposit marketplace backed by PayPal, gets dedicated UK launch

Raisin, the Paypal-backed savings deposit marketplace that lets you shop for a better interest rate across Europe, has launched a dedicated U.K. site, meaning that savers can now access deposit accounts in Sterling. Read More

Bank of America strategists shatter a widespread myth about interest rates and stocks after being bombarded with questions

Stocks actually have a "weak and inconsistent correlation" with interest rates, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch strategists. They've been receiving lots of questions from clients following the market correction that was partly...Show More Summary

Weekly mortgage applications tank even more, as rising rates make homes less affordable

It's getting uglier for potential homebuyers looking to save. Mortgage interest rates jumped again last week, causing mortgage application volume to fall 6.6% from the previous week.        

Mortgage applications on the decline

Michael Fratantoni, Senior Vice President of Mortgage Bankers Association discusses why borrowing has slowed down because of interest rates that continue to rise.

Will rising interest rates snuff out the nearly 9-year-old bull market in stocks?

The big fear on Wall Street is that rising interest rates will snuff out the nearly 9-year-old bull market in stocks.        

What do rising interest rates mean for homeowners?

Mortgage payments might go up, but the market as a whole will likely shrug Since the housing collapse 10 years ago, the U.S Federal Reserve has maintained a loose monetary policy, keeping interest rates low and providing easy accessShow More Summary

February 18, 2018 – ETF Expert Radio Podcast

ETFs & Debt Levels, Interest Rates & ETFs, Corporate Bond ETFs, ETFs & Corporate Earnings, Stock Valuations & ETFs Click here to listen to the show

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