Mortgage rates barely budged today, with the average lender offering almost the exact same terms as yesterday. That took some doing in the form of strength in the underlying bond market. As of yesterday afternoon, bonds were at their weakest levels of the day, thus implying today’s rates would be higher unless overnight market movement was much friendlier. That’s exactly what happened thanks to extremely weak economic data in Europe.
Economic weakness promotes strength in the bond market, which in turn pushes rates lower. Naturally, European data had the biggest benefit for European bonds, but there tends to be some spill-over between the world’s biggest bond markets. In today’s case, the benefit to the US bond market was big enough to erase yesterday afternoon’s weakness, thus preventing rates from moving higher.
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