Mortgage Rates and The Fed

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Mortgage rates were flat in the week, following just a 2 nd weekly rise in 8 weeks in the week prior. In the week ending 11 th July, 30-year fixed rates held steady at 3.75% following a 2 basis point.

Short-term interest rates are headed down because of expectations that the Federal Reserve will cut the federal funds rate next month.The Fed probably will lower the rate, at either its July 31 or.

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Now what about the fed funds rate? How does that compare to mortgage rates? Here’s the same chart but with the fed funds rate in red – Mortgage rates are about where they were five years ago when the fed funds rate was essentially 0%. In fact when the fed funds rate first started going up, mortgage rates went down.

How the Federal Reserve affects mortgage rates. One thing homebuyers sometimes misunderstand is how the Federal Reserve affects traditional mortgage rates. The Fed doesn’t actually set mortgage rates. Instead, it determines the federal funds rate, which generally impacts short-term and variable (adjustable) interest rates.

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 · Which lenders offer the lowest mortgage rates? That changes from day to day. Here is what to look for, and how to track down the best home loan for you.

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Prime rate, federal funds rate, COFI. The COFI (11th District cost of funds index) is a widely used benchmark for adjustable-rate mortgages. Click on the links below to find a fuller explanation of the term. WSJ Prime Rate 5.00 5.00 4.25 federal discount Rate 2.50 2.50 1.75 Fed Funds Rate (Current target rate 1.75-2.00) 2.00 2.00 1.25.

Heading into (and out of) the 3pm close for treasury pit trading, 10yr yields broke through the day’s previous lows and have seen follow-through buying since then (now down to 2.419).