This morning’s Personal Consumption Expenditure Report (PCE) showed that core inflation increased in line with analysts’ expectations. This is good news for mortgage rates because there has been a lot of concern over growing price pressures in our economy (inflation is the primary factor that drives mortgage rates).
With the stock market indexes losing value, oil prices over $140/ barrel, and continued fears in the financial industry there is a lot of uncertainty in the markets right now. BAD NEWS TENDS TO BE GOOD FOR MORTGAGE RATES because investors view bonds as a “safe-haven” for their investment dollars. In times of uncertainty bonds tend to get bid higher in price which pushes yields lower. We think mortgage rates have a good likelihood of moving lower amid all this uncertainty.
Current Outlook: floating bias
What is Personal Consumption Expenditure (PCE)?
The Core PCE excludes the volatile food and energy components from a measure of price changes in consumer goods and services. It consists of the actual and imputed expenditures of households and includes data pertaining to durables, non-durables, and services. It is essentially a measure of goods and services targeted towards individuals and consumed by individuals. This report is the Fed’s favorite gauge on inflation.