MMG WEEKLY – WHAT ARE THEY SAYING THIS WEEK?

MMG WeeklyForecast for the Week

The economic calendar will be busy all week. Plus the Fed meets.

  • The week begins on Monday with Personal Consumption and Expenditures, the Fed’s favorite measure of inflation, as well as Personal Income and Personal Spending.
  • In housing news, Pending Home Sales will also be released Monday, followed by Tuesday’s Case-Shiller Home Price Index.
  • We’ll get a sense of how the consumer is feeling with Tuesday’s Consumer Confidence reading for April.
  • Several key manufacturing reports will be released, beginning on Tuesday with the Chicago PMI followed by Wednesday’s ISM Index.
  • Weekly Initial Jobless Claims will be reported on Thursday. Last week, jobless claims fell to 339,000 after averaging 362,000 in the previous four weeks.
  • On Friday, we end the week with the often market-moving Jobs Report for April, which includes Non-Farm Payrolls and the Unemployment Rate. ISM Services Index will also be reported.

In addition, the Fed’s regularly scheduled two-day meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee begins on Tuesday, with their Policy Statement scheduled for 2:15 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

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 continue to remain near historic best levels. I’ll be watching their movement closely.

Chart: Fannie Mae 3.0% Mortgage Bond (Friday Apr 26, 2013)
Japanese Candlestick Chart

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  1. Pursue your passion. Passion will keep you motivated better than anything. If you can’t be passionate, find something else or you may burn out.
  2. Hard work first. Most experts-and experts who study experts-say that practicing first thing in the morning when you have the most energy is best.
  3. Practice intensely, but not too long. Working without interruption for short periods of no longer than 90 minutes with short breaks-and not longer than 4.5 hours each day-seems to be the norm for top performers.
  4. Get feedback in small doses. Too much advice too frequently can impede learning and make you gun shy.
  5. Refresh regularly. All work and no play… stinks. And it won’t help you in the long run. Plus, if it’s breakthroughs you want, rest is the best thing for activating your creative, right-hemisphere.
  6. Ritualize practice. Time-blocking your practice ensures you don’t have to expend any energy thinking about when you’ll work.

Please feel free to pass these tips along to any clients and colleagues who may benefit!

Economic Calendar for the Week of April 29 – May 3

Date
ET
Economic Report
For
Estimate
Actual
Prior
Impact
Mon. April 29
08:30
Personal Income
Mar
0.3%
1.1%
Moderate
Mon. April 29
08:30
Personal Consumption Expenditures and Core PCE
Mar
0.1%
0.1%
HIGH
Mon. April 29
08:30
Pending Home Sales
Mar
0.1%
-0.4%
Moderate
Mon. April 29
08:30
Personal Consumption Expenditures and Core PCE
YoY
NA
1.3%
Moderate
Mon. April 29
08:30
Personal Spending
Mar
0.1%
0.7%
Moderate
Tue. April 30
08:30
Employment Cost Index (ECI)
Q1
0.5%
0.5%
Moderate
Tue. April 30
09:00
S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index
Feb
8.7%
8.1%
Moderate
Tue. April 30
09:45
Chicago PMI
Apr
52.0
52.4
Moderate
Tue. April 30
10:00
Consumer Confidence
Apr
61.0
59.7
Moderate
Wed. May 01
08:15
ADP National Employment Report
Apr
155K
158K
Moderate
Wed. May 01
10:00
ISM Index
Apr
51.0
51.3
Moderate
Wed. May 01
02:00
FOMC Meeting
May
0.25%
0.25%
HIGH
Thu. May 02
08:30
Jobless Claims (Initial)
4/27
346K
339K
Moderate
Thu. May 02
08:30
Productivity
Q1
1.2%
-1.9%
Moderate
Fri. May 03
08:30
Non-farm Payrolls
Apr
150K
88K
HIGH
Fri. May 03
08:30
Unemployment Rate
Apr
7.6%
7.6%
HIGH
Fri. May 03
08:30
Average Work Week
Apr
34.6
34.6
Moderate
Fri. May 03
10:00
ISM Services Index
Apr
54.0
54.4
Moderate

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