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  • 11/29/12
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  • 11/29/12
    MBA’s Stevens Asks Congress to Reconsider Increasing Fannie/Freddie Guarantee Fees
    David H. Stevens, President and CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), issued the following statement today regarding H.R. 6429, a bill that would increase costs for future homebuyers by raising the guarantee fees charged on single family mortgages by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in order to pay for certain immigration reforms.

    “Fannie and Freddie’s guarantee fees are supposed to be used to help offset the risk inherent in providing mortgages, and any increases to those fees should be used for that purpose. Dipping back into the housing piggybank to pay for unrelated policy items on the backs of America’s homebuyers sends the wrong message at a time when the housing market is starting to show signs of recovery.”

    “We are asking Congress to reconsider the approach of using guarantee fees for anything other than their intended purpose. Increasing the cost of most mortgages will only add to the uncertainty that is plaguing the mortgage market and holding back a more a robust housing recovery.”
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  • 11/29/12
    ECON: Pending Home Sales Much Stronger Than Expected
    - Index +5.2 pct vs +0.8 pct consensus
    - From 99.6 in Sept to 104.8 in Oct, highest in more than 5 years

    - Pending home sales rose strongly in October with mixed regional results, according to the National Association of Realtors.

    The Pending Home Sales Index,* a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, increased 5.2 percent to 104.8 in October from an upwardly revised 99.6 in September and is 13.2 percent above October 2011 when it was 92.6. The data reflect contracts but not closings.

    Lawrence Yun , NAR chief economist, said buyers are responding to favorable market conditions. "We've had very good housing affordability conditions for quite some time, but we're seeing more impact now from steady job creation, and rising consumer confidence about home buying now that home prices have clearly turned positive."

    Outside of a few spikes during the tax credit period, pending home sales are at the highest level since March 2007 when the index also reached 104.8. On a year-over-year basis, pending home sales have risen for 18 consecutive months.
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  • 11/29/12
    Bond markets are exuding quite a bit of tension at...
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  • 11/29/12
    ECON: Jobless Claims Slightly Higher Than Expected
    - Jobless Claims 393k vs 390k Consensus
    - Previous week revised higher from 410k to 416k

    - In the week ending November 24, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 393,000, a decrease of 23,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 416,000. The 4-week moving average was 405,250, an increase of 7,500 from the previous week's revised average of 397,750.

    The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent for the week ending November 17, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending November 17 was 3,287,000, a decrease of 70,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,357,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,296,250, an increase of 6,250 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,290,000.
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  • 11/29/12
    ECON: GDP Slightly Lower Than Expected, Consumer Spending Decelerates
    - GDP +2.7 vs +2.8 consensus
    - Final Sales +1.9 vs +2.5 consensus
    - Consumer Spending +1.4, smallest rise since Q211
    - Business Inventory change accounts for .77 of GDP

    Real gross domestic product -- the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States -- increased at an annual rate of 2.7 percent in the third quarter of 2012 (that is, from the second quarter to the third quarter), according to the "second" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the second quarter, real GDP increased 1.3 percent.

    The GDP estimate released today is based on more complete source data than were available for the "advance" estimate issued last month. In the advance estimate, the increase in real GDP was 2.0 percent (see "Revisions" on page 3).

    The increase in real GDP in the third quarter primarily reflected positive contributions from personal consumption expenditures (PCE), private inventory investment, federal government spending, residential fixed investment, and exports that were partly offset by negative contributions from nonresidential fixed investment and state and local government spending. Imports, which are a subtraction in the calculation of GDP, increased slightly.

    The acceleration in real GDP in the third quarter primarily reflected upturns in private inventory investment and in federal government spending, a deceleration in imports, an acceleration in residential fixed investment, and a smaller decrease in state and local government spending that were partly offset by a downturn in nonresidential fixed investment and decelerations in exports and in PCE.
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  • 11/29/12
    MBA’s Stevens Asks Congress to Reconsider Increasing Fannie/Freddie Guarantee Fees
    David H. Stevens, President and CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), issued the following statement today regarding H.R. 6429, a bill that would increase costs for future homebuyers by raising the guarantee fees charged on single family mortgages by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in order to pay for certain immigration reforms.

    “Fannie and Freddie’s guarantee fees are supposed to be used to help offset the risk inherent in providing mortgages, and any increases to those fees should be used for that purpose. Dipping back into the housing piggybank to pay for unrelated policy items on the backs of America’s homebuyers sends the wrong message at a time when the housing market is starting to show signs of recovery.”

    “We are asking Congress to reconsider the approach of using guarantee fees for anything other than their intended purpose. Increasing the cost of most mortgages will only add to the uncertainty that is plaguing the mortgage market and holding back a more a robust housing recovery.”
    Category: MBS, INDUSTRY
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  • 11/29/12
    ECON: Pending Home Sales Much Stronger Than Expected
    - Index +5.2 pct vs +0.8 pct consensus
    - From 99.6 in Sept to 104.8 in Oct, highest in more than 5 years

    - Pending home sales rose strongly in October with mixed regional results, according to the National Association of Realtors.

    The Pending Home Sales Index,* a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, increased 5.2 percent to 104.8 in October from an upwardly revised 99.6 in September and is 13.2 percent above October 2011 when it was 92.6. The data reflect contracts but not closings.

    Lawrence Yun , NAR chief economist, said buyers are responding to favorable market conditions. "We've had very good housing affordability conditions for quite some time, but we're seeing more impact now from steady job creation, and rising consumer confidence about home buying now that home prices have clearly turned positive."

    Outside of a few spikes during the tax credit period, pending home sales are at the highest level since March 2007 when the index also reached 104.8. On a year-over-year basis, pending home sales have risen for 18 consecutive months.
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  • 11/29/12
    Although the 7yr Treasury auction came in a slightly...
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  • 11/29/12
    David H. Stevens, President and CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), issued the following statement today regarding H.R. 6429, a bill that would increase costs for future homebuyers by raising the guarantee fees charged on single family mortgages by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in order to pay for certain immigration reforms.

    “Fannie and Freddie’s guarantee fees are supposed to be used to help offset the risk inherent in providing mortgages, and any increases to those fees should be used for that purpose. Dipping back into the housing piggybank to pay for unrelated policy items on the backs of America’s homebuyers sends the wrong message at a time when the housing market is starting to show signs of recovery.”

    “We are asking Congress to reconsider the approach of using guarantee fees for anything other than their intended purpose. Increasing the cost of most mortgages will only add to the uncertainty that is plaguing the mortgage market and holding back a more a robust housing recovery.”
    Category: MBS, INDUSTRY
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  • 11/29/12
    - Index +5.2 pct vs +0.8 pct consensus
    - From 99.6 in Sept to 104.8 in Oct, highest in more than 5 years

    - Pending home sales rose strongly in October with mixed regional results, according to the National Association of Realtors.

    The Pending Home Sales Index,* a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, increased 5.2 percent to 104.8 in October from an upwardly revised 99.6 in September and is 13.2 percent above October 2011 when it was 92.6. The data reflect contracts but not closings.

    Lawrence Yun , NAR chief economist, said buyers are responding to favorable market conditions. "We've had very good housing affordability conditions for quite some time, but we're seeing more impact now from steady job creation, and rising consumer confidence about home buying now that home prices have clearly turned positive."

    Outside of a few spikes during the tax credit period, pending home sales are at the highest level since March 2007 when the index also reached 104.8. On a year-over-year basis, pending home sales have risen for 18 consecutive months.
    Category: MBS, ECON, INDUSTRY
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  • 11/29/12
    Bond markets are exuding quite a bit of tension at...
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    Category: MBS, alert
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  • 11/29/12
    - Jobless Claims 393k vs 390k Consensus
    - Previous week revised higher from 410k to 416k

    - In the week ending November 24, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 393,000, a decrease of 23,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 416,000. The 4-week moving average was 405,250, an increase of 7,500 from the previous week's revised average of 397,750.

    The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent for the week ending November 17, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending November 17 was 3,287,000, a decrease of 70,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,357,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,296,250, an increase of 6,250 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,290,000.
    Category: MBS, ECON
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  • 11/29/12
    - GDP +2.7 vs +2.8 consensus
    - Final Sales +1.9 vs +2.5 consensus
    - Consumer Spending +1.4, smallest rise since Q211
    - Business Inventory change accounts for .77 of GDP

    Real gross domestic product -- the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States -- increased at an annual rate of 2.7 percent in the third quarter of 2012 (that is, from the second quarter to the third quarter), according to the "second" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the second quarter, real GDP increased 1.3 percent.

    The GDP estimate released today is based on more complete source data than were available for the "advance" estimate issued last month. In the advance estimate, the increase in real GDP was 2.0 percent (see "Revisions" on page 3).

    The increase in real GDP in the third quarter primarily reflected positive contributions from personal consumption expenditures (PCE), private inventory investment, federal government spending, residential fixed investment, and exports that were partly offset by negative contributions from nonresidential fixed investment and state and local government spending. Imports, which are a subtraction in the calculation of GDP, increased slightly.

    The acceleration in real GDP in the third quarter primarily reflected upturns in private inventory investment and in federal government spending, a deceleration in imports, an acceleration in residential fixed investment, and a smaller decrease in state and local government spending that were partly offset by a downturn in nonresidential fixed investment and decelerations in exports and in PCE.
    Category: MBS, ECON
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  • 11/29/12
    ECON: Pending Home Sales Much Stronger Than Expected
    - Index +5.2 pct vs +0.8 pct consensus
    - From 99.6 in Sept to 104.8 in Oct, highest in more than 5 years

    - Pending home sales rose strongly in October with mixed regional results, according to the National Association of Realtors.

    The Pending Home Sales Index,* a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, increased 5.2 percent to 104.8 in October from an upwardly revised 99.6 in September and is 13.2 percent above October 2011 when it was 92.6. The data reflect contracts but not closings.

    Lawrence Yun , NAR chief economist, said buyers are responding to favorable market conditions. "We've had very good housing affordability conditions for quite some time, but we're seeing more impact now from steady job creation, and rising consumer confidence about home buying now that home prices have clearly turned positive."

    Outside of a few spikes during the tax credit period, pending home sales are at the highest level since March 2007 when the index also reached 104.8. On a year-over-year basis, pending home sales have risen for 18 consecutive months.
    Category: MBS, ECON, INDUSTRY
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  • 11/29/12
    ECON: Jobless Claims Slightly Higher Than Expected
    - Jobless Claims 393k vs 390k Consensus
    - Previous week revised higher from 410k to 416k

    - In the week ending November 24, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 393,000, a decrease of 23,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 416,000. The 4-week moving average was 405,250, an increase of 7,500 from the previous week's revised average of 397,750.

    The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent for the week ending November 17, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending November 17 was 3,287,000, a decrease of 70,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,357,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,296,250, an increase of 6,250 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,290,000.
    Category: MBS, ECON
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  • 11/29/12
    ECON: GDP Slightly Lower Than Expected, Consumer Spending Decelerates
    - GDP +2.7 vs +2.8 consensus
    - Final Sales +1.9 vs +2.5 consensus
    - Consumer Spending +1.4, smallest rise since Q211
    - Business Inventory change accounts for .77 of GDP

    Real gross domestic product -- the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States -- increased at an annual rate of 2.7 percent in the third quarter of 2012 (that is, from the second quarter to the third quarter), according to the "second" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the second quarter, real GDP increased 1.3 percent.

    The GDP estimate released today is based on more complete source data than were available for the "advance" estimate issued last month. In the advance estimate, the increase in real GDP was 2.0 percent (see "Revisions" on page 3).

    The increase in real GDP in the third quarter primarily reflected positive contributions from personal consumption expenditures (PCE), private inventory investment, federal government spending, residential fixed investment, and exports that were partly offset by negative contributions from nonresidential fixed investment and state and local government spending. Imports, which are a subtraction in the calculation of GDP, increased slightly.

    The acceleration in real GDP in the third quarter primarily reflected upturns in private inventory investment and in federal government spending, a deceleration in imports, an acceleration in residential fixed investment, and a smaller decrease in state and local government spending that were partly offset by a downturn in nonresidential fixed investment and decelerations in exports and in PCE.
    Category: MBS, ECON
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