Thursday, February 11, 2010

Bernanke Sets Stage for Higher Rates

On Wednesday, February 10th, 2010:
Fed Chairman says interest rates must rise.
He said that "at some point" in the future the Fed will "need to tighten financial conditions" by raising short-term interest rates to ease inflationary pressures.

Bernanke said another economic support program aimed at driving down mortgage rates and bolstering the housing market is on track to end in March. By then, the Fed will have finished buying $1.25 trillion in mortgage securities from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. It will also have finished buying $175 billion in debt from the mortgage giants.

Some economists said Bernanke left out what investors are really watching for: when the Fed will move to tighten credit.

FNMA 4.5% 30 year coupon immediately moves higher 60bps.

Monday, February 8, 2010

FHA Mortgage Insurance Premiums to increase April 2010

Up Front Mortgage Insurance Premium (UFMIP) will be increased form 1.75% to 2.25%. The change will occur April 5th, 2010. This applies to purchase money and refinance transactions.
The FHA will also request legislative authority to further increase the maximum annual MIP they can charge. If they are granted the authority, they will shift some of the raise from the up-front MIP to the annual MIP.