Feb 25, 2013 4:26PM

Mortgage Rates Drop At Fastest Pace In Three Weeks After Italian Elections

Mortgage rates moved lower today by the widest margin in over three weeks. The faster-paced movement is courtesy of political tensions in Italy surrounding the country's elections over the past two days. Markets had expected a Bersani victory, which would be as close to a status quo as possible and seen as best for European stability. Instead, Berlusconi may have won control of at least half of the Italian parliament. Markets perceive this as a negative development for EU stability, and such negative...

Feb 25, 2013 3:01PM

Bi-Partisan Commission Issues Suggestions for Housing Reforms

A bi-partisan group of former senators, Cabinet secretaries, and other housing and economic experts have released what is termed a new proposal for a housing finance system . The report called Housing America's Future: New Directions for National Policy was produced by the Bipartisan Policy Center's Housing Commission under a grant from the MacArthur Foundation. It asks for a review of federal housing policy calling the current system outdated and not equipped to keep pace with today's demands and...

Micro News

1:40 PM:

Treasuries, MBS Break Resistance, Positive Reprices

10:39 AM:

Bonds Bounce Back On Waxing Italian Election Uncertainty

9:13 AM:

Bond Markets Weaker As Italian Exit Polls Start Hitting

12:15 PM:

MBS Catch Up To The Rally (Somewhat), Positive Reprices

9:27 AM:

Bond Markets Unchanged After Opening Slightly Weaker

3:15 PM:

MBS Dip Below Previously Supportive Range Into 3pm Close

1:19 PM:

Narrow Range Challenging Best Levels. Reprice Potential?

10:13 AM:

ECON: Existing Home Sales In Line With Expectations

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Today's Comments

S Reichert

"Great article, smartly written and easy to understand. I've worked as a manager at a large credit union who had recently increased volume because others..."


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