Capping off last year, the United States experienced strong 2021 home sales after they notoriously plummeted throughout a sluggish 2020.
With the U.S. facing a tight labor market, record-setting inflation, and supply chain issues, December 2021 mortgage markets fluctuated.
In an action-packed week, analysts saw Central Bank meetings quickly offset high volatility for mortgage-backed securities.
This past week saw an informative ECB meeting and Fed report, indicating the best mortgage rate outcome heading into summer 2021. Despite a stronger than expected inflation report, investors focused elsewhere. Overall, the European Central Bank meeting provided a favorable result. Thus, mortgage rates ended the week a little lower. Informative ECB Meeting & Federal Reserve Report Thursday saw an informative ECB meeting. During the meeting, the European Central Bank (ECB) made no policy changes. Conclusively, the lack of change reflects the best-case outcome for mortgage rates. Simultaneously, the ECB made no mention of a specific time frame for starting to scale back its bond purchase program. For analysts, the meeting statement tone felt relatively dovish. Investors widely expect that the ECB tightens monetary policy rather than to loosen it. For now, holding steady exemplifies positive news. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve reported that household net worth at the end of the first quarter of 2021 soared 3.8% higher than at the end of 2020. Roughly $3.2 trillion of gains originated from stocks. Aside from stocks, $1.0 trillion stemmed from increased real estate values. Core CPI Improves Aside from the informative ECB meeting, the Consumer Price Index report came out. Analysts [...]