MMG WEEKLY – WHAT ARE THEY SAYING THIS WEEK?

MMG Weekly / Vantage Production.blueForecast for the Week

Housing news will be the bookends of a short week. Markets are closed Monday in observance of Presidents Day.
  • In housing news, Existing Home Sales will be released on Wednesday followed by New Home Sales on Friday.
  • Thursday brings the usual weekly Initial Jobless Claims.
  • The Consumer Sentiment Index will be shared on Friday.

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

When you see these Bond prices moving higher, it means home loan rates are improving. When Bond prices 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 are 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, Mortgage Bonds have rebounded in recent days. Despite recent volatility, home loan rates are still in attractive territory.

Chart: Fannie Mae 3.5% Mortgage Bond (Friday, February 17, 2017)

Japanese Candlestick Chart

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2017 Mileage Rates From IRS

If you drive a car, truck or van for work, you’ll want to know the standard mileage rates the IRS has set for 2017. These rates are used to calculate deductible costs for driving an automobile for business, medical and moving purposes as well as driving for charitable purposes.

As of January 1, 2017, the standard mileage rates are calculated at:

  • 53.5 cents per mile for business miles driven (down from 54 cents in 2016)
  • 17 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes (down from 19 cents in 2016)
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service to charitable organizations (set by statute and unchanged from 2016)
The IRS provides the standard mileage rate for ease and convenience only. If you prefer, you may calculate the actual costs of using your vehicle for work instead of using the standard mileage rates. Check to see which saves you the most!
Before you calculate your deduction, make sure you qualify. Connect with your local tax preparer for requirements as well as to learn the most effective means for tracking mileage throughout the year.

Please feel free to pass this important information along to your team, clients and colleagues.

Source: IRS

Economic Calendar for the Week of February 20 – February 24

Date
ET
Economic Report
For
Estimate
Actual
Prior
Impact
Wed. February 22
10:00
Existing Home Sales
Jan
NA
5.49M
Moderate
Thu. February 23
08:30
Jobless Claims (Initial)
2/18
NA
239K
Moderate
Fri. February 24
10:00
Consumer Sentiment Index (UoM)
Feb
NA
95.7
Moderate
Fri. February 24
10:00
New Home Sales
Jan
NA
536K
Moderate

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