MMG WEEKLY – WHAT ARE THEY SAYING THIS WEEK?

MMG Weekly / Vantage Production.blueForecast for the Week

Look for key reports on housing, manufacturing and inflation. Plus, the Fed meets.        

  • Monday’s Empire State Index and Thursday’s Philadelphia Fed Index will be the last major reports from the manufacturing sector in 2014.
  • In housing news, look for the National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index on Monday, followed by Housing Starts and Building Permits for November on Tuesday.
  • On Wednesday, we’ll get a read on inflation with the Consumer Price Index.
  • As usual, Weekly Initial Jobless Claims will be delivered on Thursday.

In addition, the last Federal Open Market Committee meeting of 2014 begins on Tuesday, ending Wednesday with the monetary policy statement being released at 2:00 p.m. EST. Stay tuned, as market volatility is always possible when the Fed meets!

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, the markets have been volatile of late but home loan rates are still hovering near historic lows.

Chart: Fannie Mae 3.5% Mortgage Bond (Friday December 12, 2014)

Japanese Candlestick Chart

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Get to Know Yourself First
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There are a number of steps you can take to promote your brand. Get involved in civic or professional organizations that allow you to demonstrate and further build your brand. Take on leadership roles in these organizations.

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And finally, network.

Please feel free to pass these great tips along to your team, clients and colleagues!

Source: Inc.com

Economic Calendar for the Week of December 15 – December 19

Date
ET
Economic Report
For
Estimate
Actual
Prior
Impact
Mon. December 15
08:30
Empire State Index
Dec
NA
10.2
HIGH
Mon. December 15
10:00
Housing Market Index
Nov
NA
58
Moderate
Tue. December 16
08:30
Housing Starts
Nov
NA
1009K
Moderate
Tue. December 16
08:30
Building Permits
Nov
NA
1080K
Moderate
Wed. December 17
08:30
Consumer Price Index (CPI)
Nov
NA
0.0%
HIGH
Wed. December 17
08:30
Core Consumer Price Index (CPI)
Nov
NA
0.2%
HIGH
Wed. December 17
02:00
FOMC Meeting
Dec
NA
0.25%
HIGH
Thu. December 18
08:30
Jobless Claims (Initial)
12/13
NA
294K
Moderate
Thu. December 18
10:00
Philadelphia Fed Index
Dec
NA
40.8
HIGH

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