MMG WEEKLY – WHAT ARE THEY SAYING THIS WEEK?

Forecast for the Week 

Temperatures may be cooling in much of the country, but this week’s economic calendar is heating up.

  • Housing data from the S&P Case/Shiller Home Price Index, New Home Sales, and Pending Home Sales will be released on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday respectively. The reports come after last week’s positive housing numbers.
  • We’ll get a sense of how the consumer is feeling with the Consumer Confidence Report on Tuesday and Consumer Sentiment on Friday.
  • Durable Orders and the third and final reading on 2Q Gross Domestic Product will be released on Thursday.
  • Also on Thursday, weekly Initial Jobless Claims will be released.
  • Rounding out the week, manufacturing figures from the Chicago PMI will be reported on Friday along with Personal Income and Spending. The Core Personal Consumption Expenditure (PCE), the Fed’s best gauge on inflation, will also be reported on Friday.

In addition to these reports, all eyes will continue to watch how the markets and home loan rates respond to QE3.

Remember: Weak economic news normally causes money to flow out of Stocks and into Bonds, helping Bonds and home loan rates improve, while strong economic news normally has the opposite result. The chart below shows Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS), which are the type of Bond that home loan rates are based on.

When you see these Bond prices moving higher, it means home loan rates are improving — and when they are moving lower, home loan rates are getting worse.

To go one step further — a red “candle” means that MBS worsened during the day, while a green “candle” means MBS improved during the day. Depending on how dramatic the changes were on any given day, this can cause rate changes throughout the day, as well as on the rate sheets we start with each morning.

As you can see in the chart below, Bonds and home loan rates have responded favorably to QE3. I’ll be watching closely to see if this continues.

Chart: Fannie Mae 3.0% Mortgage Bond (Friday Sep 21, 2012)
Japanese Candlestick Chart

The Mortgage Market Guide View… 

Are You Prepared?

September is National Preparedness Month. Hopefully, neither you nor your clients will ever be faced with an emergency situation. But if it does happen, the following information can help you or a client stay safe.

The first thing to know is that one of the most important elements to have on hand is an emergency kit. Unfortunately, determining the right items to include in that kit can be a confusing process.

To help, FEMA has developed a user-friendly website that allows you to download and print all of the items that you will need to gather for an Emergency Kit. Visit the special Emergency Kit webpage for a quick list of the basic emergency items you need to have on hand, as well as additional items you should consider adding to your kit.

Take a few minutes to visit the site, and forward the information on to your clients and colleagues.

Economic Calendar for the Week of September 24 – September 2

Date
ET
Economic Report
For
Estimate
Actual
Prior
Impact
Tue. September 25
09:00
S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index
Jul
0.8%
0.5%
Moderate
Tue. September 25
10:00
Consumer Confidence
Sept
63.0
60.6
Moderate
Wed. September 26
10:00
New Home Sales
Aug
380K
372K
Moderate
Thu. September 27
08:30
Jobless Claims (Initial)
9/22
380K
382K
Moderate
Thu. September 27
08:30
Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
Q2
1.7%
1.7%
Moderate
Thu. September 27
08:30
GDP Chain Deflator
Q2
1.6%
1.6%
Moderate
Thu. September 27
08:30
Durable Goods Orders
Aug
-5.1%
4.1%
Moderate
Thu. September 27
10:00
Pending Home Sales
Aug
1.0%
2.4%
Moderate
Fri. September 28
08:30
Personal Consumption Expenditures and Core PCE
YOY
NA
1.6%
HIGH
Fri. September 28
08:30
Personal Consumption Expenditures and Core PCE
Aug
0.1%
0.0%
HIGH
Fri. September 28
08:30
Personal Income
Aug
0.2%
0.3%
Moderate
Fri. September 28
08:30
Personal Spending
Aug
0.5%
0.4%
Moderate
Fri. September 28
09:45
Chicago PMI
Sept
52.8
53.0
HIGH
Fri. September 28
10:00
Consumer Sentiment Index (UoM)
Sept
79.0
79.2
Moderate
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