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Fed Cuts Stimulus But Intends To Keep Rates Low

Citing a rebound in economic activity while noting the housing sector remains slow (despite historically low interest rates and rising inventories), the Fed has announced another cut to its bond purchase program which was designed to keep longer-term interest rates low.  With the cut, the Fed is on track to end the stimulus program by Read More »

The Fed Sees Signs Of Easier Mortgages Ahead

While mortgage credit conditions in the U.S. remain “generally tight,” and applications for purchase mortgages remain “tepid,” according to the Fed, signs of easing continue to emerge, including indications of “a net easing of banks’ credit standards for home-purchase loans to prime customers in the first quarter.” The Fed’s summary of the nation’s housing market, Read More »

Fed Cuts Stimulus On Indicators Of Activity Despite Anemic Q1

While the U.S. economy grew by an anemic 0.1 percent in the first quarter of 2014, “information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in March indicates that growth in economic activity has picked up recently.” As such, the Fed is cutting its monthly stimulus spending by another $10 billion beginning in May while Read More »

Stock Market Rockets After Fed Announces Stimulus Cuts

As we noted last month, the minutes from the Federal Open Market Committee’s October meeting suggested that the Fed was “likely to trim their monthly purchase of $85 billion in bonds “in coming months,” perhaps even “before an unambiguous further improvement in the outlook apparent.” This afternoon the Fed announced it would Read More »