May 9, 2014
WHICH IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU HAVE GLOBAL DEFLATION AND ONLY ONE SAFE HARBOR:
Mortgage rates defy forecasts (E. SCOTT RECKARD, 5/09/14, LA Times)
Posted by Orrin Judd at May 9, 2014 11:10 PMAs 2014 arrived, experts were confident that the 30-year mortgage rate would rise to at least 5% this year as the Federal Reserve cut back a bond-buying program, which had depressed the rates to unheard-of lows in 2013.So much for the experts. The Fed has reduced purchases to $20 billion a month in mortgage bonds, down from $40 billion when the program began in September 2012. Yet lenders this week were offering 30-year fixed home loans at an average of 4.2%, the lowest rate in six months, according to home finance giant Freddie Mac.