Solarbird (solarbird) wrote,
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30-year mortgage rates are doing something very bad, very quickly

30-year mortgage rates are spiking overnight and today - ERate has shows yesterday at 5.08%, today at 6.52%, or almost +150 basis points; realtor.com this morning was showing 6.32%, a huge spike upwards; Chase is showing 6.625%, 15-year of 6.875%. I noticed this morning that mortgage calculators were suddenly coming up with very strange numbers, and I'd thought it was a glitch; apparently, it wasn't. Also - hat tip: various people on TickerForum - check out this price action on 30-year Fannie Mae mortgage-backed securities:

Data courtesy http://www.mbsquoteline.com

Invert that and you get an idea of interest rates being paid on those securities, spiking upwards. Hence, the spike in mortgage rates. This is another stomach punch to the housing market.

eta: The TNX (10-year Treasury index) is also doing some very bad things, jumping from 3.5 to 3.7 in a couple of hours, which is not quite as dramatically quick a move, but still a large move in a short period of time. This is again in a down stock market, which is not good.

eta2: Karl at Market Ticker has more charts, and some things to say about this, including an interesting one regarding quantitative easing.

eta3: The TYX (30-year Treasury index) is in on the game, too, up to 4.606%.
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