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    What is on the agenda for this week?
    Date Time (ET) Economic Release Actual Market Expects Prior
    16-Sep 8:30 AM Empire Manufacturing - 9 8.6
    16-Sep 9:15 AM Industrial Production - 0.50% 0.00%
    16-Sep 9:15 AM Capacity Utilization - 77.80% 77.60%
    17-Sep 8:30 AM CPI - 0.20% 0.20%
    17-Sep 8:30 AM Core CPI - 0.20% 0.20%
    17-Sep 9:00 AM Net Long-Term TIC Flows - NA -$66.9B
    17-Sep 10:00 AM NAHB Housing Market Index - 59 59
    18-Sep 7:00 AM MBA Mortgage Index - NA -13.50%
    18-Sep 8:30 AM Housing Starts - 910K 896K
    18-Sep 8:30 AM Building Permits - 943K 943K
    18-Sep 10:30 AM Crude Inventories - NA -0.219M
    18-Sep 12:30 PM FOMC Rate Decision - NA 0.25%
    18-Sep 2:00 PM FOMC Rate Decision - 0.25% 0.25%
    19-Sep 8:30 AM Initial Claims - 340K 292K
    19-Sep 8:30 AM Continuing Claims - 2880K 2871K
    19-Sep 8:30 AM Current Account Balance - -$100.0B -$106.1B
    19-Sep 10:00 AM Existing Home Sales - 5.30M 5.39M
    19-Sep 10:00 AM Philadelphia Fed - 9 9.3
    19-Sep 10:00 AM Leading Indicators - 0.60% 0.60%
    19-Sep 10:30 AM Natural Gas Inventories - NA NA

    Its a new week and welcome to better pricing.

    Former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers was widely believed to be the next Federal Reserve Chair nominee. But after the markets closed on Friday, he announced his withdraw from consideration. This means that Janet Yellen is considered the new front-runner.

    MBS have rallied over +70BPS in early trading Monday morning as a result. Why? Because Summers was considered more "hawkish" than Yellen and the market had priced in him curbing Fed purchases sooner than Yellen would.

    While we have a big week for economic data - this week is all bout the Fed...all the time. Not only do we have the soap opera of who will be the next Fed Chair, we have a very important Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting. Normally we get the Fed announcement at 2:00 on Wed. But this time we will get the Fed announcement at 12:30 and then a Q&A press conference at 2:00. This could prove to be a very, very volatile day.

    Wednesday is key because the markets will learn if the FOMC is going to start to "taper" their monthly Treasury and MBS purchases. If they do not taper, then MBS could rally further causing lower mortgage rates. If they do taper (even in a very small amount) it will signal to the markets that their bond purchase program is at the early stages of winding down and future purchases will wane...this will cause higher mortgage rates.

    Both stocks and bonds are rallying on the Summers' news. But be careful...even if Yellen is considered to be more "dovish" - if the FOMC tapers, then that process will start well before she has any say in it.
    Jesse Gonzalez, Broker/REALTORŪ
    Archer Realty
    DRE License#01855372
    NMLS MLO#278103
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