Mortgage Rates Fall to 2-Week Lows Amid Stock Rout

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Posted To: Mortgage Rate Watch

Mortgage rates fell decisively today–at least in the context of the recent range–thanks primarily to heavy losses in the stock market. Stocks are far from the only consideration for interest rates, and many times, there’s no correlation between the two on any given trading day. But when stocks are losing ground quickly, investors seek shelter in several safer places–one of them being the bond market. More demand for bonds means lower rates. All of the above having been said, over the past two days, I’ve made it a point to talk about the inconsistent behavior between mortgage rates and bond market movement. In short, mortgage rates weren’t doing a good job of following the market. This was mostly a factor of timing, and we just needed to see bond markets hold onto recent gains with less volatility…(read more)

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