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Under Pressure - Mortgage Rates Begin New Year

Posted by:  Hancock Mortgage Partners, LLC
2018-01-02 21:10:40

Information credited to MortgageNewsDaily.com

Mortgage rates are theoretically supposed to go higher in 2018.  Any upward pressure on economic growth or inflation (courtesy of the tax bill, perhaps?) is bad for rates, all things being equal.  Economic growth increases market returns, forcing rates to move higher in order to keep up.  Inflation erodes the value of bonds that underlie rates, meaning investors want higher rates of return if they're going to buy into the "fixed income" (aka "bond") market.

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