Mortgage Rates Edge Higher Ahead of Jobs Report

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Posted To: Mortgage Rate Watch

Mortgage rates moved slightly higher today as trade war fears waned for financial markets. There’s not a direct connection between trade issues and mortgage rates, but like any prominent financial news, there are usually only a few degrees of separation. In the current case, stocks had moved quickly lower in recent weeks as the trade war potential increased. That weakness ultimately threatened to push stocks below early February’s “crash” levels. Investors assumed that additional weakness would follow if that line in the sand is crossed. With that in mind, the bond market got in position to soak up some of the panic money fleeing from the stock market. When there is extra demand for bonds, bond prices rise and interest rates fall–all other things being equal. From there, the bonds that underlie…(read more)

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