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  • Monday 2/2… The Week in Review

    by Victor Burek on February 02 2009, 8:32 AM
    This week is action packed with economic reports with the biggest impacting reports coming Friday. Monday - Personal Income and Spending, economists expecting a -0.4% and -0.9% respectively. The actual number came in at a -.2% drop but the consumer spending...
  • Friday 1/30…TGIF

    by Victor Burek on January 30 2009, 10:35 AM
    After yesterday, so glad that Friday is here. Mortgage backed securities got rather beat up but not nearly as badly as US treasuries. We will see worse rate sheets this morning by about .125 to .25% when comparing them to opening rate sheets yesterday...
  • Thursday 1/29…Jobless Claims at all Time High

    by Victor Burek on January 29 2009, 8:47 AM
    Today we got the release of 2 key economic reports and they both are disappointing for the economy. First, jobless claims, economists where expecting 580,000 but number came in at 588,000. Continuing claims are at all time record levels at 4.76 million...
  • Wednesday 1/28…Fed Meeting Today

    by Victor Burek on January 28 2009, 9:07 AM
    Yesterday mortgage backed securities, the investment instrument that sets mortgage rates, managed to squeeze out a slight gain. We have been treading sideways for some time, so it was nice to see a positive day. We managed to close higher by about .25...
  • Tuesday 1/27…Sideways Movement Continues

    by Victor Burek on January 27 2009, 10:40 AM
    Yesterday, mortgage backed securities basically closed where they opened and it appears that trend will continue today. Also, yesterday we got the release of existing home sales . Economists were expecting an annual pace of 4.45m but the number came in...
  • Monday 1/26…Week Ahead

    by Victor Burek on January 26 2009, 8:59 AM
    This week is full of economic data that can and has moved the markets. Monday -Existing home sales, economists expecting 4.45m -Leading indicators, economists expecting a -0.1% reading. This report is composed of 10 indicators which are designed to forecast...
  • Friday 1/23…No Data Today

    by Victor Burek on January 23 2009, 8:59 AM
    Today we get no economic data that will move the markets. Yesterday, mortgage backed securities closed slightly higher and so far this morning we are holding onto those gains. Yesterday the Federal Reserve released their weekly numbers on the Fed mbs...
  • Thursday 1/22…Economic Data is In

    by Victor Burek on January 22 2009, 10:30 AM
    After a slight sell off yesterday of mortgage backed securities, today we have opened in positive territory after weak economic data was released. First, we got the release of the weekly jobless numbers which showed that 589,000 people filed for unemployment...
  • Wednesday 1/21…Slow Day For Data

    by Victor Burek on January 21 2009, 12:20 PM
    Today we do not get the release of any economic data. Mortgage backed securities will take their direction from movement in the stock market and treasury market. Currently mbs are down a few ticks from yesterdays close but nothing to panic about. There...
  • Tuesday 1/20…Inauguration Day

    by Victor Burek on January 20 2009, 9:27 AM
    So far this morning, mortgage backed securities, which is the investment vehicle that sets mortgage rates, have opened down. It appears that Treasuries are pulling them lower. Since Treasuries and Mortgage Backed Securities are both fixed income investments...
  • Monday 1/19…MLK Day

    by Victor Burek on January 19 2009, 8:03 AM
    Today all markets are closed in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. day. The week ahead is extremely light on economic data with no major market movers. On Thursday, we get housing starts and jobless claims and other then some treasury auctions that is it...
  • Friday 1/16…Consumer Inflation Continues to Drop

    by Victor Burek on January 16 2009, 9:59 AM
    This morning the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the monthly report on consumer inflation. The overall reading came in slightly worse at a month over month decline of -0.7%, the core rate which excludes food and energy came in slightly better at 0...
  • Thursday 1/15… Economic Data is In

    by Victor Burek on January 15 2009, 9:36 AM
    We got the release today of several economic reports. First of all we got jobless claims, economists where expecting 500k, but the number came is worse at 524k. If you can recall, higher unemployment leads to less wage based inflation which is a positive...
  • Wednesday 1/14…Disappointing Retail Sales

    by Victor Burek on January 14 2009, 8:08 AM
    Yesterday was a sleeper of a day for mortgage backed securities, again. We closed at the same level we opened like we did on Monday. We had a few instances of a sell off, but each time the Federal Reserve jumps in to bring the price back up. As the price...
  • Tuesday 1/13…MBS Move Sideways

    by Victor Burek on January 13 2009, 8:05 AM
    Yesterday was a pretty boring day for mortgage backed securities. We closed right where we opened the day with a few peaks and valleys along the way. With the Federal Reserve checkbook(remember they have promised to spend up to $500billion on mbs), each...
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