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Market Snapshot 4/24/24- Bonds Are Pulling Back

Good Morning on this fantastic Wednesday and best day of the week, from your Hometown Lender,

Bonds are pulling back a little on some bleh news.

Topline Durable goods came in hot but ex transportation which tends to be the volatile component, it actually was weaker. We are seeing a bit of selling, but I think that is mostly positioning for the rest of the week, which brings Unemployment Claims, GDP, and PCE. Things could go very right or very wrong for bonds over the next two days. The question to ask yourself is if you want to gamble or sit on the sidelines and watch. That’s the float/lock equation.

I know I shared this last week but thought it was worth sharing again…

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Homes keep getting more expensive in the U.S.

A survey report by Redfin says 38% of homeowners don’t believe they could afford to buy their own home if they were purchasing it today. The median U.S. home-sale price has doubled in the last 10 years and has shot up nearly 50% in the last five years alone. Honestly, I am surprised the number isn’t higher.

Next Wednesday we get the FOMC policy statement.

Right now, there is no chance the Fed will cut rates but there is hope they will discuss reducing QT (quantitative tightening where they continue to sell bonds into the marketplace which has increased spreads about 100bps). That’s what I am hopeful to see.

Stay safe and make today great!