Friday, June 05, 2009

Rising Rates: The Next Fed Meeting Will be Interesting

by Calculated Risk on 6/05/2009 12:04:00 PM

First from Reuters: Fed's Lockhart: Can't wait too long to tighten (ht Alan)

The Federal Reserve needs to be "anticipatory" and not wait too long to tighten monetary policy, Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart said in an interview published on Friday. ... Lockhart is a voter on the Fed's policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee, which meets June 23-24.
This is similar to the comments of Kansas Fed President Thomas Hoenig on Wednesday.

Yields are rising across the board, with the Ten Year yield at 3.84%.

This will push mortgage rates higher ... here is a scatter graph I posted last month showing the relationship between the Ten Year yield and 30 year mortgage rates.

30 Year Mortgage Rates vs. Ten Year Treasury Yield Click on graph for larger image in new window.

This graph shows the relationship between the Ten Year yield (x-axis) and the 30 year mortgage rate (y-axis, monthly from Freddie Mac) since 1971. The relationship isn't perfect, but the correlation is very high.

Based on this historical data, a Ten Year yield at 3.84% suggests a 30 year mortgage rate of around 5.75%.

Freddie Mac reported that 30 year mortgage rates were at 5.29% for the week ending June 4th, and the MBA reported rates at 5.25% for the week ending May 29th. These rates should jump again next week putting pressure on the Fed.