Fed: Rates Increased for Second Time This Year

As predicted by all officials, the Fed raised rates for the second time in 2018—from 1.75 percent to 2 percent. The remainder of 2018 and 2019 may see more gradual hikes, with analysts predicting two more increases by year’s end in order to curb future inflation concerns following reports of a strong labor market and […]

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Economy Expands in May—Where Does Housing Stand?

The economy in May remained on a soaring streak, with a lift in jobs and the lowest unemployment in years. The expansion is a help for the housing market, but is it enough to relieve supply woes? According to Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), there is an imbalance between […]

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Experts Are Eyeing a Recession in 2020—but It’s Not Why You Think

The economy is on a roaring run. Is a downturn imminent? Experts in housing are predicting a recession starting in 2020, according to Zillow’s 2018 Q2 Home Price Expectations Survey; however, they anticipate monetary policy—not the housing market—as primarily responsible for the swing. The Federal Reserve has been guiding fiscal policy since the Great Recession, […]

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Economy at Milestone Unemployment

April brought the economy 164,000 jobs, and 3.9 percent unemployment—below 4 percent, and the lowest rate in roughly 20 years. Though the additional jobs were less than predicted, the figure is promising, analysts say. “The U.S. labor market continues to tighten, although job growth in April was 164,000—a little below expectations,” said Gad Levanon, chief […]

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The week in financial markets: Fed going higher, mortgages holding

Although the Fed will not accelerate its pace of tightening now, that withheld action is predicated on the expectation that the current pace of tightening will by next year slow the economy to a sustainable pace, GDP growing sub-two, monthly payroll ga…

Wells Fargo Fined $1 Billion for Abusive Insurance, Mortgage Practices

The government has handed down a $1 billion penalty to Wells Fargo for abusive consumer practices related to its administering of auto insurance and extensions on mortgage rate locks. In addition to the fine, the bank has been ordered to remediate affected consumers and implement improved practices. In 2017, Wells Fargo acknowledged it had charged […]

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5 Things a Federal Reserve Interest Rate Hike Means for Your Wallet

(TNS)—Consumers tend to pay far more attention to the swings in their March Madness brackets than the latest moves by the Federal Reserve. The reality is the Fed’s action will have a more lasting impact on your wallet. The Fed moved to raise rates by 25 basis points, as expected. The Fed’s benchmark interest rate […]

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Mortgage Rates Stay Still

The average 30-year, fixed mortgage rate stayed still this week, inching up to 4.45 percent from 4.44 percent the week prior, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®). The average 30-year, fixed rate has been rapidly rising since the start of the year. On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve increased its interest rate, denoting […]

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Fed Hikes Rates—How Many More Are to Come?

The Federal Reserve carried out its first hike of 2018 on Wednesday, increasing interest rates one-quarter percentage point and leaving open the possibility of more raises this year. The action was anticipated by the market, which has been on a robust—and, at times, rollercoaster—run. “In view of realized and expected labor market conditions and inflation, […]

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Fed announces rate hike, mortgages already on the rise

In a widely anticipated move, newly appointed Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Wednesday announced a modest benchmark interest rate hike of between 1.5 percent and 1.75 percent amidst continued optimism over economic growth in …