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Political Effects on Interest Rates

May 2nd, 2011 8:39 PM by Diego Quintero

-Article first published as, Political Effects on Interest Rates on Technorati -

It was a great day in American history to hear about the successful campaign on the hunt for the world's most notorious terrorist. I have a tremendous amount of gratitude for our brave men and women of the armed forces. As a country we celebrate the success but remain vigilant to the aftermath of such an event. As for mortgages, what effects does it have on the markets? Really, none.

We must not assume that this is an indication for banks to loosen guidelines and open up homeownership to anyone with a heartbeat, (i.e. 2002-2006). Perhaps the psyche of our collective financial minds will enable the markets to loosen up a bit. But quite frankly, the DOW, NASDAQ, and S&P have all performed quite well in the past nine years after the most historic terrorist attack on our soil. I do not anticipate any change in the markets due to the great news, but if it does, let's hope that America can find a way to save a few billion dollars since our deficit has reached epic proportions.

In the mortgage and real estate industries,we are fixed on the ten-year bond. It indicates the short-term future of 30-year interest rates for mortgages. There are other market indicators that are used, but primarily the ten year bond is the key indicator. So, if you are mortgage shopping or interested in buying into the market place, use the market indicators to steer you into the right direction instead of the latest political successes.

Jeff Macke says it best, “this is about patriotism; markets are about pragmatism.” He continues, “this is an edgeless trade.” After our toast in celebration of our success as a country, let's refocus on the important matters. Get back on the job and work diligently to achieve success. After all, isn't that the American way?

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Posted by Diego Quintero on May 2nd, 2011 8:39 PM

I enjoyd this post! Here in Phoenix, AZ things seem to be on the upswing...Slowly but none the less buyers are starting to realize they better get off the fence soone then later because it's only matter of time. People need to get back to work. Once Americns are working again we as a Country will be as strong as ever. God Bless our Troops!!!! Regards, Tom Buoni
Posted by Tom Buoni on May 6th, 2011 9:42 AM


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