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MBS RECAP: Locking vs Floating Ahead of Potentially Big Fed Announcement
Sep 15 2020, 3:54PM

First thing's first: if you haven't seen the adverse market fee make it back onto rate sheets yet, that makes locking a no-brainer.  If you have, then we can move on to considering the impact from the Fed Announcement.  Today's video discusses the relevant considerations in detail.

Econ Data / Events
  • 20min of Fed 30yr UMBS Buying 10am, 1130am (M-F) and 1pm (T-Th)

  • NY Fed Manufacturing 17.0 vs 6.0 f'cast, 3.7 prev

  • Import Prices 0.9 vs 0.5 f'cast, 1.2 prev

  • Industrial Output 0.4 vs 1.0 f'cast, 3.5 prev

Market Movement Recap
08:26 AM

Bonds were unchanged to start the overnight session but lost ground modestly during European hours.  Stocks are up almost another 1%, but the bond weakness doesn't look too correlated with that.  10yr up half a bp at .68%.  UMBS 2.0 opening down 1 tick (-0.03) at 103-01 (103.03).

02:45 PM

Intensely uneventful trading session as bonds drift sideways ahead of tomorrow's Fed announcement.  No change from the last update in MBS.  Treasury yields are a hair lower but still slightly higher on the day.

03:48 PM

Stick a fork in the bond market.  If we didn't see any appreciable volatility at the 3pm CME close, "it's done" for the day.  All eyes on the Fed tomorrow, with a slight chance of some volatility with the morning's econ data (Retail Sales).

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UMBS 2.0
103-00 : -0-02
10 YR
0.6756 : +0.0066
Pricing as of 9/15/20 3:51PMEST

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8:52AM  :  No Impact From Stronger Data

Economic Calendar
Time Event Period Actual Forecast Prior
Wednesday, Sep 16
7:00 MBA Purchase Index w/e 317.7
7:00 Mortgage Refinance Index w/e 3415.1
8:30 Retail Sales (%)* Aug 1.0 1.2
10:00 NAHB housing market indx Sep 78 78
10:00 Business Inventories (% ) Jul 0.1 -1.1
14:00 FOMC rate decision (%)* N/A 0.125 0.125

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