Economic and Fixed Income Insights as of October 11, 2017

Presented by Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated

Total mortgage application volume fell 2.1% last week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. Refinance activity continued to lag while applications to purchase a home also fell. The weak report was mostly due to higher interest rates. According to Freddie Mac, the average contract interest rate for a 30-year mortgage is 3.85%, its highest level since July.  For the week, taxable interest rates were fractionally higher while tax-exempt interest rates were mostly unchanged. The 10-year UST finished 4 basis points higher to yield 2.36% while the 30-year UST finished 3 basis points higher to yield 2.90%. The 10-year MMD was unchanged at 2.01%, and the 30-year MMD finished 2 basis points lower to yield 2.82%.

Interest Rate Observations

Benchmark Current Previous
(+/-) Change Previous
(+/-) Change
10-Year UST 2.36% 2.32% 4 1.77% 59
30-Year UST 2.90% 2.87% 3 2.50% 40
10-Year MMD 2.01% 2.01% 0 1.70% 31
30-Year MMD 2.82% 2.84% (2) 2.53% 29
Federal Funds Rate 1.25% 1.25% 0 0.50% 75
1-month LIBOR 1.24% 1.24% 0 0.53% 71
SIFMA 0.92% 0.94% (2) 0.87% 5
10-year LIBOR Swap 2.32% 2.28% 4 1.61% 71

Source: Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg. The table above reflects market conditions as of October 11, 2017

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