Markets expecting more interest rate volatilty

According to this article featured in the Economist magazine back at the beginning of July the markets are currently less certain about the future prospects of long-term interest rates (i.e. mortgage rates).

The chart to the left shows that the “implied volatility” in the interest rate market has increased rather significantly since the beginning of the year.

What does this mean for mortgage rates?

First, it means that predicting mortgage rates accurately will likely be difficult in the coming weeks.

Second, it means that we may see wild swings in mortgage rates.  Instead of gradual increases and decreases over time that we’re accustomed to we might see more severe adjustments in shorter periods of time.

As always, if you’re happy with the fact that your interest rate is at a historically low level and your payments are comfortable it is probably a good idea to go ahead and lock in your rate to protect yourself.