Stocks are flat this morning after the ECB’s new stimulus plans earned a big yawn from the markets. Bonds and MBS are down.
The ECB cut interest rates again, and threw a kitchen sink worth of QE, lender subsidies, and other goodies.They will also start buying corporate debt. Not sure what the markets were looking for, but Euro rates are higher this morning with the German Bund yielding 32 basis points, up 8. This is what is dragging US rates higher. Buy the rumor, sell the fact, I guess.
Initial Jobless Claims came in at 259k, while the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index ticked up slightly to 43.8.
Americans have regained most of the wealth lost when the real estate bubble burst. Homeowners’ equity has more or less doubled since the lows of 2009. Since 2013, real estate has outperformed ther S&P 500 by 16 percentage points.