MMG WEEKLY – WHAT ARE THEY SAYING THIS WEEK

MMG Weekly / Vantage Production.blueForecast for the Week

An abundance of economic reports will be released, with readings on consumer and wholesale inflation, manufacturing and housing.

  • There’s manufacturing news right out of the gate on Monday with the Empire State Index, which will be followed by the Philadelphia Fed Index on Thursday.
  • Look for news on wholesale inflation Tuesday with the Producer Price Index for August. TheConsumer Price Index for August will be released on Wednesday.
  • Housing data this week includes Wednesday’s release of the National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index. On Thursday, look for August’s Housing Starts andBuilding Permits.
  • As usual, Weekly Initial Jobless Claims will also be released on Thursday.

In addition, the regularly scheduled two-day Federal Open Market Committee meeting takes place this week, with the Fed’s monetary policy statement due to be delivered on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. EDT. This news has the potential to shake up the markets, and could lead to added volatility in Stocks and Bonds.

Remember: Weak economic news normally causes money to flow out of Stocks and into Bonds, helping Bonds and home loan rates improve, while strong economic news normally has the opposite result. The chart below shows Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS), which are the type of Bond on which home loan rates are based.

When you see these Bond prices moving higher, it means home loan rates are improving—and when they are moving lower, home loan rates are getting worse.

To go one step further—a red “candle” means that MBS worsened during the day, while a green “candle” means MBS improved during the day. Depending on how dramatic the changes were on any given day, this can cause rate changes throughout the day, as well as on the rate sheets we start with each morning.

As you can see in the chart below, Bonds struggled in recent days but home loan rates remain near 12-month lows. I’ll continue to monitor the markets and the Fed statement closely for the latest development.

Chart: Fannie Mae 4.0% Mortgage Bond (Friday September 12, 2014)

Japanese Candlestick Chart

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4 Places to Find New Clients

Business development should be part of your every day to-do list, but who hasn’t had that sinking feeling that you don’t have any new clients lined up? Here are four ways to take immediate action, or add business building into your daily habits ahead of time.

1. Talk to previous clients. Did you recently solve a problem for a client? If so, tell all your other clients about it—maybe they (or someone they know) have a similar problem. Call or visit them to deliver an article you’ve read or develop a “preventative checklist” you can pass along. The more you customize this information to specific clients, the better.

2. Dig for potential partners. Open your calendar for the last 18 months and make a list of every referral partner involved in every transaction you’ve performed. Using the same contact strategy from tip number one, provide value by letting them know of problems you’ve been able to solve since you last spoke. And don’t forget to ask what they’re working on!

3. Ask for referrals from everyone you know. While your clients and friends may not be thinking about your business, that doesn’t mean they don’t want to help. Most will happily open avenues of new business for you—but you have to ask.

4. Start speaking. Be it local chambers of commerce, trade associations, special interest groups, fairs or symposiums, one of the most efficient ways to get a group of prospects in one place is public speaking. If you’re too nervous to present, offer a Q&A session, letting potential clients get a sense of your skills and personality. Plus, if you’re not hosting the event yourself, you get immediate social proof and a stamp of approval through your host. Start sending inquiry letters today!

As always, please feel free to pass these tips along to your team, colleagues and clients!

Economic Calendar for the Week of September 15 – September 19

Date
ET
Economic Report
For
Estimate
Actual
Prior
Impact
Mon. September 15
08:30
Empire State Index
Sep
NA
14.7
Moderate
Tue. September 16
08:30
Producer Price Index (PPI)
Aug
NA
0.1%
Moderate
Tue. September 16
08:30
Core Producer Price Index (PPI)
Aug
NA
0.2%
Moderate
Wed. September 17
08:30
Consumer Price Index (CPI)
Aug
NA
0.1%
HIGH
Wed. September 17
08:30
Core Consumer Price Index (CPI)
Aug
NA
0.1%
HIGH
Wed. September 17
10:00
Housing Market Index
Sep
NA
55
Moderate
Wed. September 17
02:00
FOMC Meeting
Sep
NA
0.25%
HIGH
Thu. September 18
08:30
Jobless Claims (Initial)
9/13
NA
NA
Moderate
Thu. September 18
08:30
Housing Starts
Aug
NA
1093K
Moderate
Thu. September 18
08:30
Building Permits
Aug
NA
1052K
Moder

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