Morning Report: Ben Carson will run HUD 12/5/16

Vital Statistics:

Last Change
S&P Futures 2200.0 8.0
Eurostoxx Index 341.6 2.2
Oil (WTI) 52.2 0.5
US dollar index 91.3 0.0
10 Year Govt Bond Yield 2.41%
Current Coupon Fannie Mae TBA 103
Current Coupon Ginnie Mae TBA 104
30 Year Fixed Rate Mortgage 4.14

Markets are higher this morning on no real news. Bonds and MBS are down.

Slow news day, for the most part.

The week after the jobs report is usually pretty data-light and this week is no exception. Today is the last day of Fed-Speak until the FOMC meeting next week. Bonds will probably be driven more by overseas developments than anything going on the US.

The Markit PMI Services index slipped in November to 54.6 from 54.8 the month before. The ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI improved as well to a strong reading of 57.2.

Donald Trump will nominate Dr. Ben Carson as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Carson is expected to reverse the Obama Administration’s aggressive enforcement of fair housing laws, including the use of disparate impact. Suffice it to say, fair housing is going to take a backseat to reforming the GSEs and the mortgage market.

Tight credit remains a driving factor in today’s mortgage market as credit is loose for some people at the high end and tight for everyone else. In fact, PIMCO estimates that between 1 and 1.4 million people who were eligible for a mortgage in 2002 (before the big subprime explosion) are unable to get a mortgage today under the new rules and regulations. The knock on effects (like tight inventory and lackluster homebuilding) remain as headwinds to the economy as a whole. This not only includes mortgage credit to borrowers, but also bank credit to small homebuilders etc.

Bond funds continue to experience withdrawals in the biggest bond bust since the Taper Tantrum.

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