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Ukraine Concerns Affect Rates


With a light slate of economic reports this week, the conflict in Ukraine had the greatest effect on mortgage rates. Shifting sentiment about the likelihood of escalation caused some market volatility during an otherwise quiet week. Mortgage rates ended the week a little lower.


On Tuesday, a Polish official suggested that Russia is massing troops on the border with Ukraine to prepare for an invasion. While there has been a lot of debate about the accuracy of this statement, just the suggestion was enough to worry investors. The concern centers around how the US and European nations would respond. Another round of sanctions would be expected. The level of uncertainty about the outcome of this conflict is very high. 


Europe is still struggling to avoid another recession, and trade restrictions with Russia make this even more difficult. GDP growth in the euro zone has been just slightly positive for four quarters after several years of negative readings. Since slower global economic growth reduces future inflationary pressures, this has been favorable for mortgage rates.  


The conflict in Ukraine will remain a primary focus next week. The biggest economic report will be Retail Sales on Wednesday. Retail Sales account for about 70% of economic activity. Before that, the JOLTS report, which measures job openings and labor turnover rates, will come out on Tuesday. The Producer Price Index (PPI) focuses on the increase in prices of "intermediate" goods used by companies to produce finished products and will come out on Friday, along with Industrial Production. In addition, there will be Treasury auctions on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. 


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